But now, aged 44 and six years after his retirement in 2013, the England legend has been handed his first professional job in management.
He will take the reins at Sky Bet League Two strugglers Oldham immediately and will be hoping to steer them away from the relegation zone and a drop out of the Football League in what remains of 2018/2019.
His first match in charge at Boundary Park will be the visit of Yeovil Town tomorrow night, where he will hope for the perfect welcome party in the form of three points against the Somerset outfit. Check out some of the best reaction Tweets from United fans below…
— Stephen ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ (@DOYLER1995) February 11, 2019
— Gary Marshall (@GKMarshall) February 11, 2019
All the best #Scholes
— Clinton 🇿🇦 (@ClintpMUFC) February 11, 2019
Good luck treat him well lads 🔴
— 🔴Red Devil Reports🔴 (@RedDevilReports) February 11, 2019
all the very best scholesy
— HermanoOso (@R3dOso) February 11, 2019
All the best Paul , if you manage like you played football you will be ok 👍
— djjohnny (@proberttalktal1) February 11, 2019