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Paul Scholes: Top five goals

Scholes will retire at the end of the season (©GettyImages)
Scholes will retire at the end of the season (©GettyImages).

What a player. What a legend. After announcing his retirement for the second time, Paul Scholes has handed us the opportunity to look over his greatest moments.

Those include his great long-distance screamers which were just one of his many attributes.

Here, we look at the Manchester United midfielder's top five goals.

5. v Everton | 2002/03 | Premier League

To kick-off the list is his brilliant shot at home to the Toffees. The goal arrived just four minutes after his first of the match in a match that ended 3-0 to the hosts.

The "Ginger Prince" picked up the loose ball and, before we knew it, the ball was in the back of the net. The 2002/03 season remains Scholes' best goalscoring campaign, as he netted 14 in the Premier League and an additional six in other competitions.

Watch it here: http://youtu.be/4la3Yr5ITl4

4. v Middlesbrough | 1999/00 | Premier League

In a match which included seven goals, none stood out more than Paul Scholes' which led United to get over the line.

Just a 26-year-old at the time, Scholes started to gain a reputation for scoring long-distance screamers. This one occurred almost three weeks following a belter which, incidentally, is the next goal on this list.

Watch it here: http://youtu.be/dC2vlJn0aWk

3. v Bradford City | 1999/00 | Premier League

Did you see this one fly past? I certainly didn't. The Salford-born legend's volley at Valley Parade blasted into the back of the net with extraordinary pace which made it impossible for their goalkeeper at the time, Matthew Clarke, to stop.

This goal was the Red Devils' third of the night in a match which ended 4-0.

Watch it here: http://youtu.be/3gOnxDBX9u8

2. v Barcelona | 2007/08 | Champions League

In the words of ITV commentator Clive Tyldesey: "What about that!"

It truly is one of the best goals of Scholesy's career. Fourteen minutes into the second leg, the 25-yard effort was the only goal of both legs in the semi-final tie. The goal at Old Trafford sent them into their first final in nine years, which was to become a memorable one. 

Watch it here: http://youtu.be/2f0lRnnIUI0

1. v Aston Villa | 2006/07 | Premier League

"HOWWW!" screamed Sky commentator Martin Tyler when the number one goal of Paul Scholes' career, in my opinion, came at Villa Park in December 2006.

Gavin McCann had cleared Ryan Giggs' inswinging corner, before the one and only Paul Scholes absolutely buried a spectacular volleyed strike past Gabor Kiraly. 

Watch it here: http://youtu.be/6m0T9KdGW30

Some may argue that other goals could have appeared on this list, including two great goals of his hat-trick scored against Newcastle in 2003.

Or perhaps some goals netted early in his career as a forward? But, nonetheless, these are the Manchester United legend's top five career goals.

 

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