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Is the end nigh for shy guy Scholes?

Before we start discussing this United legend and his future at the club, let’s get talk of that magnificent milestone out of the way, as only a typically limelight loathing Paul Scholes would want us to do. I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you but Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over Portsmouth signalled Scholes’ 600th appearance in a Manchester United shirt. For once in your career Paul, take a thoroughly deserved bow.

When you weigh it up, it really is a monumental achievement. With the days of the one club man now looking decidedly bleak, Scholes may well be the last of a dying breed as he joins Ryan Giggs, Bobby Charlton and Bill Foulkes to become only the fourth player in United history to reach 600.

Although has anyone else around here been noticing more than just discreet murmurs of discontent surrounding Scholes and his future at United? Judging by his Twitter account, Mr Red Ranter himself wants shot of him come the end of the current campaign. I mean is this really how we treat our legends of the club or is it simply an unwritten rule that when you get to your mid-thirties, you just can’t cut the mustard at Old Trafford anymore? Fergie undoubtedly still believes that our one-time midfield maestro can continue to roll back the years and although I’m not completely convinced, I’m sure he can still do some sort of job.

It was proof in the pudding the other night that, when afforded the time and space, there aren’t many better midfielders in world football that can effortlessly spray around passes, long or short. The ball through for Carrick to create the second goal against Pompey was both splendid but hardly surprising as we all know just what the former England man is capable of doing with a football. Zidane called Scholes his toughest opponent, Marcello Lippi would’ve built a team around him and Thierry Henry once labelled the Salford-born star as the best player in the Premiership. You can’t argue with that kind of praise.

So why exactly does the jury seem to be out on Scholes, despite his unprecedented devotion and loyalty to the club and his clear ability to still be able to affect a game? Our number 18 certainly won’t get box to box quite like he used to, his legs won’t allow him to start every game even if his head tells him otherwise and he probably won’t score any more than five goals in a season. With Anderson growing in stature with every game, Fletcher developing into a rather valuable first-team member and lest we forget Carrick, Hargreaves and even Giggs who has proved he can be a central figure, Sir Alex has something of a predicament that’s for sure.

Well what would you do? Scholes isn’t a fool and he knows that at 34-years-old and with competition for places at Old Trafford rife, time is running out on his United career. Everyone makes mistakes (I’m talking Craven Cottage ofcourse) and to be fair, this product of our Golden Generation doesn’t make too many. Anderson, Carrick, Fletcher, Hargreaves, even Gibson at a push. They literally roll off the tongue and they all offer something different but are they really streets ahead of the newest member of the 600 club?

Let’s face it, goals like what we witnessed against Barcelona last season will ensure Scholes remains at the club until his contract expires next summer at least and I can’t say I’m gutted about it. I say use him sparingly at Old Trafford and keep him in and around the squad, he deserves that for his unfathomable devotion to Manchester United for starters. Unlike someone of Gary Neville’s persona, the beauty of possessing Paul Scholes is that he will cease to fight a losing battle and I am sure that when the time is right, he’ll know exactly when to call it a day. Surplus or invaluable, opinions will vary, but will the curtain curtail as early as next month? Surely not!



  1. Dan

    25 April 2009 at 09:32

    OK, i have posted like twice, with a link as to why the kaka rumours are fake.

    Basically, it was a fake article posted by someone on Redcafe in june, and journalist have picked up on it. its entirely fake, and even the quotes are from the fake article posted on the caf.

  2. Dan

    25 April 2009 at 09:35

    @colver: im sorry, are you telling me kaka is more available then ribery?

    Mate, its FAKE, its poor, poor journalism, a guy on redcafe posted an article, and the papers have picked up on it.

  3. Grognard

    25 April 2009 at 10:02

    @Dan: As usual, you assume that I am judging all those names based on who they are now. False. I am basing their skills based on their early years. They all had what Anderson doesn’t by the age of 20. So get off that argument. I’m simply giving names of players who fill all my criteria and have done so for many years now.

    And regards to me being harsh, oh well mate, just deal with it, because the only person who can get me off of Anderson’s back is Anderson. I challenge him to prove me wrong. In fact I would love to be proven wrong. I am not so arrogant and full of myself that I wish he fail and in the process hurt the club I love. No, on the contrary, I want him to succeed. Problem is I know he won’t.

  4. Grognard

    25 April 2009 at 10:05

    @colver: Kaka has been a shadow of his former self this season. He’s also been very injury prone. I say he should stay in Italy and leave the EPL alone because he will constantly be injured if he was to come here. He’s a wussy boy. A real softy. Can’t play with pain and recovers slowly from a knock. A real girly man. 😀

  5. Grognard

    25 April 2009 at 10:07

    @colver: Ribery would be a lot easier to get than Kaka. Italian clubs do not let their legends go easily. Bayern will not hold onto a player who wants to leave, it will cause turmoil in their dressing room. Remember what happened earlier this year when the threat of Kaka leaving was strong. The riots and threats of violence and retribution my the Milan fans was enough to end the negotiations with Man City. Kaka is not going anywhere in the near future.

  6. Dan

    25 April 2009 at 11:05

    Esco barz AKA gavin defoe(jermaines brother) was killed last night, so i doubt he’ll play today. He got attacked in broad daylight, sad story that.


  7. Dan

    25 April 2009 at 11:26

    This is so pathetic, this kaka fiasco is now on soccernet!

    Redcafe, take a bow!

  8. Stephen

    25 April 2009 at 12:20

    @Liam: Great post mate.

  9. Matt

    25 April 2009 at 12:24

    God these kaka rumours seem to be picking up a bit huh, but i refuse to believe them. I first heard of it in the rag of a paper the news of the world and now it seems to have spread to the other papers too. What the hell is wrong with the bloody papers here, one paper speaks garbage and then the other ones pick up too. Who the hell comes up with this stuff, is it just a guy working at the sun has a deadline to write the back page and randomly thinks of a player and links him to a top team. Thats how it seems anyway.
    I remember just in the summer when we were apparently linked with henry. Ian wright said he was with shaun going for his medical in the manchester hospital when he reckoned he has heard henry had been there earlier for his medical to join us. Before long this story was all over the gossip columns, the bloody radio and the papers ran the story for a few days too. I just dont listen to whatever the papers write, until i see the player in a red top i just ignore it. To be honest why would we buy kaka when he plays in a different position to ronaldo. Its ok to say we buy kaka for £70million but who do we buy as the ronaldo replacement. Ribery for £40million? That means using our own money, and up to £40million of it. Doesnt sound good sence from a business sence of view.
    As for the summer transfers i dont see us making any big moves tbh. Sounds like valencia is a done deal, probably nani will leave which will be a shame cos hes been given no chance. Expect tevez to sign after the days comments by fergie and thats about it. Weve been linked with a few very young stars from south america of late. There was 2 or 3 argentines and a brazilian just yesterday who were all gonna cost a few million so maybe 2/3 young players like that may come in but i dont see any major business being done or many players going out. Certainly this kaka story is just a load of rubbish and expect to see ronaldo here next year too.

  10. Dan

    25 April 2009 at 12:58

    @Matt: Im telling you mate, it started on!

  11. Matt

    25 April 2009 at 13:07

    @Dan: Yeah i was on the bbc 606 and they posted a link to that and your right, it was written june 2008 and the papers have basically copied what was written there word for word and claimed it was their own work. What bloody idiots these people are who work for the sun, notw etc, they think we believe anything. Although i do like the summer, i just cant stand the constant 3 months of crappy transfer rumours which we have to endure linking us to buying players and of course the whole ronaldo thing that will go on again this summer i expect. Just wish i could away to a desert island for 3 months so i dont have to hear the whole summer transfer crap. These people will never learn.

  12. Dan

    25 April 2009 at 13:39

    @Matt: Still pretty funny though, just go to show you cant trust ANY paper, even the mirror etc!

  13. Matt

    25 April 2009 at 13:52

    @Dan: Sad thing is even some of the decent papers have become like the rags like the sun. The daily mail used to be a pretty decent paper, it didnt just link us with anyone and in many cases they broke the transfer news well before anyone else and they were actually real players we wanted. I remember it broke the story we wanted saha very early, and also that we were close to signing robben who yes later joined chelsea but that was more to do with chelsea having more money. It was a good paper years ago but now its just crap, infact it was the mail that linked us with henry for 2 weeks. Your right though best not to take notice of any paper, they are all the same. Just write anything to sell papers.

  14. phoenix red

    25 April 2009 at 15:06

    Come on you Hull! 😀

  15. phoenix red

    25 April 2009 at 15:08

    @ Red Ranter: Any chance of a match preview pls?

  16. phoenix red

    25 April 2009 at 15:21

    @ Liam: Are you watchin the Hull v Scouse game on Setanta Ireland? The commentary is a couple of seconds ahead of the picture, very annoying! They’ld better sort it out before the United game!! OOOOOOH close Giovanni! Hope the scouse have another mare in defence and Caleb Folan or anyone from Hull can take advantage. Would love to see Manucho come on and score the winner 😉

  17. Red Ranter

    25 April 2009 at 15:46

    Go to the next thread to continue match discussion. Or this might slow down in due course of time.

    @phoenix red: Sorry. Couldn’t get much sleep last night, hence in no position to rite a preview. So bear with me.

  18. phoenix red

    25 April 2009 at 15:47

    fuck, jammy scouse bastards, Alonso scores, dippers 1-0 up

  19. kenya

    28 April 2009 at 17:42

    i think is still a valuable asset to manU by the way nice blog. Here i Kenya we are all manU fans. lol

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