Has Paul Scholes Lost His Touch?

Shayan Ali TejaniContributor IJanuary 8, 2010

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 25:  Paul Scholes of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on October 25, 2009 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Paul Scholes, 35, is without a doubt, one of the most competent player to have ever worn the Red Devil’s uniform.


Since making his debut for United in the 1994-95 season, Scholes has made over 600 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United. 


He has amassed nine Premier League, three FA Cup, and two UEFA Champions League along with other prestigious titles with United.


A former striker, but ultimately transformed into one of the greatest midfielders of his generation; his exceptional passing, technique, creativity, and the ability to score spectacular goals from outside the box have tremendously assisted the team at crucial times.


Scholes was a pivotal asset for the club when they won the treble in the 1999 season and was voted as the Player of the Year in the 2000-2001 season. However, the one-club man has only played 12 Premier League games this season and has scored only one goal, which is a below average stat for the midfielder.


His form has since slumped and, has, more than often, shown the Old Trafford faithful his growing and exhausted legs.


The midfielder’s contract expires this summer and only recently dropped a bolt from the blue by admitting that he is considering hanging up his boots.


"I wouldn't say I am playing some of my best football," he said. "I don't always feel I am making as much of a contribution as I'd like to." 


"I always preferred it when I was playing regularly and scoring a lot more goals. Now, it's different.  I play once every two or three weeks, and I can only hope to do well when I get the chance. I don't have a choice."


"Obviously, every player wants to play every week but I know now it can't always happen," he said.  "I just have to be okay with that."


And as for his future?   


"You do think about it. I'm not too sure."


"I'll just carry on with the way it it's going at the moment, and we'll see what happens come the end of the season."


He must have definitely contemplated the idea of calling it a day, after his utterly disappointing performance at Craven Cottage on December 19.


Sports Personality of the Year, Ryan Giggs recently secured a one-year extension with the club and has been at the top of his game this season. Will Paul Scholes follow? I hope so, everyone has a bad day right?



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