Paul Scholes is one of nine players to be released by Manchester United when their contracts expires next month.

The midfielder is being formally released by the club on July 1, although he took the decision to retire from football after the 2012/13 season.

Scholes made 718 appearances for Manchester United after making his debut in 1994 against Port Vale.

The 38-year-old initially retired from the game in 2011 before returning in January 2012, helping the Red Devils defeat rivals Manchester City in his first game back.

Injury meant Scholes was restricted to just eight Premier League starts last season.

Manchester United U21 player Michele Fornasier will also be released by the club, along with Frederic Veseli.

The pair are joined by Reece Brown and Luke Giverin in leaving Old Trafford, along with Luke Hendrie, John Cofie, Luke McCullough and Gyliano van Velzen.

In a statement Manchester United said they 'wish the departing players well for the future."

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