(Video) A golazo & refusing a penalty: Paul Scholes plays to character in his Manchester United testimonial

What a legend. What a player. What a huge loss to Manchester United, England and the world of professional football.

Paul Scholes has officially bowed out of Beautiful Game in Manchester United’s 6-nil thrashing of the New York Cosmos at Old Trafford in his testimonial.

The notion of a Paul Scholes testimonial is in-and-of-itself something of an oddity. Few leading footballers in the modern game show as much modesty, humility and shyness as Scholes, and the thought of him being the main attraction of an event seems out of place. But like a gent Scholes ignored his embarrassment and played in the famous red shirt one last time. True to his reputuation, the United number 18 put in a classic Scholes performance.

Scholes set the tone for the evening with a blistering opener. As he’d done so many times in his illustrious career, the midfielder found himself on the ball 25-yards from goal and he only had one thought in his mind. Wham. Bam. Golazo!

The shyness of Scholes then came out in United’s second. Ashley Young was fouled in the box, the Red Devils won the penalty, and the whole of Old Trafford looked to Scholes to score his second from the spot. But Scholesy refused, point-blank. Instead he motioned to Wayne Rooney to take it, and he duly dispatched the ball in the net.

After the match Scholes also gave a to-character interview. Respectfully talking about a “special” evening and what a “nice goal, suppose,” Scholes explained how it thought it would be more beneficial for Rooney to take the penalty with the season being so close, and candidly admitted he was “pleased [the night] is all over.”

Watch Paul Scholes’ showreel vs NY Cosmos here.


Related Link: Paul Scholes collects mementos from Sir Alex Ferguson & David Gill.

Match highlights: Manchester United 6 – New York Cosmos 0.