Of course, Scholes has only one more match to play – this Sunday’s trip to West Brom – before he walks away from both the club and manager he has played for all his life. And he is more than aware of how difficult it will be.
“United means everything really,” he explained. “I have been here since leaving school and it will be difficult because it is all I have ever known. To walk away, you have to do it some time and I think I am ready for it now.
“Sir Alex has meant everything to me and every other player he has had. He is an incredible person, he tries to make his players, not just good players but proper people as well and he has managed to do with every player he has had here.”