Monday debate

Is it time for Paul Scholes to call it a day?


Make no bones about it – Paul Scholes is one of The Spoiler’s favourite players. But just recently there’s been a hint that rather than maturing and becoming wiser as the years go by, he’s becoming even more antagonistic.

The studs are getting higher, the tackles later and the late runs into the box are so late they’re not even happening anymore. Scholes’ foul on Pablo Zabaleta smacked of a man frustrated with, not just the game, but his own waning physical attributes.

Ronaldo retired a couple of months ago because he admitted his body could no longer do what his brain was telling him – Is it time for Scholes to go the same way?

The wee man has yet to go the same way as the sainted Ryan Giggs and sign a new contract and there have been rumblings for quite a while now that he might not extend his deal beyond the end of the season.

Speaking in The Guardian earlier this week, he said:

“I’ll decide at the end of the season. I really don’t know what I am going to do yet. I’ve got these games to think about now and I will decide from there. People always say you should play as long as you can but there comes a time when you can’t physically do it. I’m wary of that. I just want to make sure it is done at the right time.”

Is now the right time? Is this an overreaction to a problem that’s hardly new? Shout us down below…

(PS. We don’t need much of an excuse to show this goal but, to balance things out, here is our favourite Scholes strike – he times the living daylights out of it…)

5 responses so far
  • R2Dad // April 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Scholes has always played like this. It’s a matter of his limited skills catching up to him. The FA is (thankfully) becoming less accepting of this type of reducer. Between the ginger ninja and Keane, MU has always enjoyed this type of “steel” in their squad. With the increased scrutiny of every dangerous tackle, the FA can no longer protect their bad boys.

  • Ryan // April 19, 2011 at 10:30 am

    The goal against Barcelona!

  • jaime // April 20, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Wait…didn’t he spend the week beforehand pissing on the other side- only to leave his team shorthanded early on? Wasn’t the foul that got him sent off about as blatant and obvious as possible? His comments motivated his opponents and hurt his side, and he didn’t have the cojones to stay on the pitch. In short, Scholes is everything I love about United.

  • ömer // May 27, 2011 at 9:14 am

    a üarkyyşlks

  • ömer // May 27, 2011 at 9:15 am


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