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Midfielder Paul Scholes Retires After 676 Games for Manchester United

Paul Scholes retired after 676 games for Manchester United and will join the coaching staff of the Premier League soccer champion.

The 36-year-old midfielder entered as a substitute on May 14 as United drew 1-1 at Blackburn to clinch the Premier League title, his 10th championship with the team. He also came on as a substitute in a 3-1 loss against Barcelona in the Champions League final three days ago.

“I am not a man of many words but I can honestly say that playing football is all I have ever wanted to do and to have had such a long and successful career at Manchester United has been a real honor,” Scholes said on United’s website.

Coach Alex Ferguson told the website that United would “miss a truly unbelievable player” who has been inspiration to teammates. Scholes joins United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar in retiring after the season.

“This was not a decision that I have taken lightly but I feel now is the right time for me to stop playing,” Scholes said.

Scholes also made 66 appearances for the England national team, scoring 13 times, and played at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

Scholes will have a testimonial match in August at Old Trafford stadium, United said.

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