Forget the ageing legs: with a scalpel-sharp mind, it's little wonder Scholesy remains United's midfield maestro.

Appearances/goals: Premier League 24 (4)/3; Carling Cup 1 (1)/1; Champions League 7 (3)/3; Total 32 (6)/7

Season soundbite: "Paul's every bit as good, if not even better, because the experience he's added to the ability he's got means he's a big asset to us."
- Sir Alex Ferguson

In a word: Stealthy

27/05/2010 07:00, Report by Johnny Sharp
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Player review: Scholes

He may doubt his ability to continue at the highest level, but no-one else does...

Story of the season: Paul Scholes has long been the United player that fans of other clubs most admire. That’s partly because of his low profile, and the way he seems to get on with the job before popping up with a crucial goal or key contribution just when you’d forgotten he was even in the team. The midfielder, who turned 35 last November, had to be ushered away from thoughts of retirement, having felt the physical strains of 15 years playing at the top level. Whatever the aches and pains he feels, though, no-one would doubt that this is a player who is still at the top of his game. His habit of bagging important goals has also not deserted him. His strikes against Besiktas, Wolves and City were all the only goals of the game, and his contributions against Milan in the San Siro and City in the Carling Cup were further proof that the big players come good on the big occasions. Penning another year's contract extension provided a silver lining to the season.

Finest moment: The late, late header against City at Eastlands is another truly magical moment in a career packed full of them. A past master at ghosting in unnoticed to get on the end of crosses, he couldn’t have picked a better time to

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