Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is renowned for springing a surprise at Old Trafford, but the return of Paul Scholes is one few - including the players - saw coming.

The Red Devils legend has now made 677 appearances in all competitions for the club, including the second-half cameo against Manchester City in the FA Cup on Sunday, scoring 150 goals in the process for Sir Alex Ferguson during 18 professional seasons with the club.

A retired England international, Scholes has scored plenty of fine goals for both club and country, and GMF have gone through the catalogue to pick his best five. Do you agree with the selections?
 

1. Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United

Villa Park; Premier League; December 23rd, 2006.

An absolutely outrageous strike from the now veteran midfielder, as Ryan Giggs' corner is only partially cleared skywards to around 25 yards from goal.

Dropping from the sky, Scholes met it first-time with a thunderous strike that cannoned in off the crossbar, leaving keeper Gabor Kiraly with absolutely no chance.
 

2. Bradford City 0-4 Manchester United

Valley Parade; Premier League; March 25th, 2000.

With eight Bantams defenders in the box to guard a David Beckham corner, Scholes found space on the edge of the area and was picked out perfectly with a floated ball.

The playmaker duly obliged the finish, with a quite stunning 20-yard volley using the outside of the right foot. Dwight Yorke managed to duck out of the way in-time, and a reputation was born.
 

3. Manchester United 1-0 Barcelona

Old Trafford; Champions League semi-final, second-leg; April 29th, 2008.

The importance of Scholes' strike against Barcelona is enough to put this strike near the top of the list alone, with his proving to be the winner after a first-leg 0-0 in the Nou Camp.

After a poor defensive clearance from full-back Gianluca Zambrotta, Scholes took a touch and fired past Victor Valdes into the top corner, sending his side into the final against Chelsea in Moscow.
 

4. Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United

City of Manchester Stadium; Premier League; April 17th, 2010.

With local bragging-rights at stake and big-spending City starting to look like a genuine threat to the Red Devils, Scholes popped up in injury-time to head home a dramatic winner.

Scholes would recently describe it as his favourite United goal, with Patrice Evra's floated cross met perfectly by the on-rushing midfielder 12-yards from goal.
 

5. Scotland 0-2 England

Hampden Park; Euro 2000 play-off; November 13th, 1999.

Whilst playing for his country was never the highest priority for Scholes, 11 of his 14 goals for the Three Lions came in major qualification or tournament matches.

Two of those were against Scotland in the Euro 2000 play-off, with the second turning out to be the winner over the two legs. David Beckham's free-kick was met with perfect timing by Scholes, who headed home in classic fashion.

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