Paul Scholes was one of the most gifted players of his generation and we conclude our season-by-season review of his marvellous career.
We all look forward to seeing the midfield genius in a coaching capacity next season.
2003/2004: 36(4) games / 14 goals
Nine league goals for Paul, one in Europe and a further four in the FA Cup en route to the Reds beating Millwall in the final at the Millennium Stadium. A brace at Aston Villa was superb but his winner at the same ground in the semi-final against Arsenal was absolutely crucial. Always a major influence, he managed four goals against neighbours City during the season. However, Scholes will probably still rue the one that got away - what would have been his second goal of the Champions League exit against Porto at Old Trafford had it not been wrongly disallowed for offside.
2004/2005: 43(6) appearances / 12 goals
There was FA Cup final disappointment this time around as Scholesy's spot-kick was saved by Jens Lehmann in a losing penalty shoot-out to Arsenal. It was harsh on United, who dominated the game, and Paul personally as he'd struck three times en route to Cardiff. After retiring from international football after Euro 2004, he was able to concentrate all his efforts on the Reds.
2005/2006: 25(2) appearances / 3 goals
A difficult season for Paul personally. He made a slow start and admitted wearing the captain's armband early in the campaign didn't sit well with him. He had just started finding his rhythm when he suffered double vision at Birmingham, a problem that caused him to miss the first four moths of 2005. He eventually returned as a sub on the final day of the season to kill the speculation his future was in jeopardy.