"If he doesn't make it, we might as well all pack up and go home," said Sir Alex Ferguson of Paul Scholes.
Well, the midfield magician certainly did make it and here's a review of his stunning career at United.
1994/1995: 6(11) games / 5 goals
21 September 1994 was the day that marked Scholes' introduction to the first team with a brilliant brace in the Coca-Cola Cup at Port Vale. United had an extraordinary talent on their hands and he netted on his Premier League bow - at Ipswich - after replacing Lee Sharpe.
1995/1996: 16(10) games / 10 goals
Looking a real goal poacher, he came on at Bolton to score a quickfire brace in a 6-0 away win as United ended up doing the Double. Opened the scoring in the 5-0 rout against Nottingham Forest as the Reds closed in on the title and came on for Andy Cole in the FA Cup final against Liverpool. Although his goal was overshadowed by Peter Schmeichel's equaliser, he opened his European account against Rotor Volgograd.
1996/1997: 20(12) games / 6 goals
The Reds lifted the title and Paul scored in an important win at Blackburn in April, his third of the league campaign. Goals in consecutive FA Cup games against Spurs and Wimbledon showed his class, even though the Dons won the replay at Selhurst Park, as he battled hard for a regular starting spot. By now he was impressing at international level, lighting up Le Tournoi in June after making his England debut against South Africa.
1997/1998: 36(5) games / 10 goals
There was no trophy this term but Scholesy could still be proud of his efforts. Goals against Juventus and Feyenoord proved his quality on the European stage and he found the net eight times in the league, although Arsenal overturned United at the top. He went on to score England's first goal at the 1998 World Cup finals.
1998/1999: 37(13) games / 11 goals
The year of the Treble ended with Paul holding the European Cup aloft in front of the United fans, but in his grey suit as suspension ruled him out of the dramatic final. He'd more than played his part, contributing four goals on the road to Barcelona, including the equaliser away to Inter Milan. After overcoming illness to