Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 9/19/14
In a lot of ways, Paul Scholes, who announced his second retirement from the sport on Saturday, was the perfect Manchester United player for the Sir Alex Ferguson era. Like his much-laurelled manager, who announced his own retirement earlier this week, the 38-year-old Scholes was as unfussy as they come. He had no use for pomp, circumstance or anything else that needlessly complicated the core business of playing football. He kept things simple. Simple quotes, simple haircut. No flair, no fringe, no froufrou. He played that way, too. And that made him perhaps the finest playmaker of the past 20 or so years. Born and raised in Manchester, he joined United at 14 in spite of his asthma and a disease affecting his knees, and never did leave. He spent 19 seasons on the first team after coming up in United's "golden generation," along with David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers Gary and Phil. He glided about the field, a shock of red hair in the re...
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