Five of the best – Paul Scholes goals

He scored goals galore, it is of course Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, and here are five of his finest strikes of all time.

Most of the players that we have covered in our ‘five of the best’ series have scored absolute belters from outside the box, but more often than not, they were one-offs. Not for Paul Scholes though. A 20 yard pile-driver was his idea of a tap in! Without further ado, here are some of the best from one of games greats.

v Blackburn

We are going to start with a goal that was not one of the norm for Scholes, it was inside the box! But what this goal does show that he wasn’t just a one trick pony. He had the poise, the balance, and the grace to nip past two or three defenders before slotting home.

v Middlesbrough

With the ball out on the right with Gary Neville, and a crowded penalty area in front of him, the England right back rolled the ball 10 yards to his left to the always available Scholes. The midfielder, despite all the time and space in the world, struck the ball first time from all of 30 yards straight into the back of the Boro goal. Sensational.

v Bradford

For many players, this would be the greatest goal they could ever dream of scoring. Not for the ginger ninja. As the ball came in from the corner by David Beckham, instead of putting it in the middle, he floated it out to Scholes on the edge of the area, who audaciously volleyed the ball towards goal. Again, most players would see this effort sail into row Z…not Scholes….BOOM!

v Aston Villa

Not content on doing it once, Scholes did it again. This time a corner from the right from Giggs did go into the middle but was cleared by an Aston Villa defender. However, the ball dropped nicely to Scholes, who was some 25 yards out. With defenders closing him down, he took a swing of his wonderful right foot to smash the ball goal bound. Getting it on target was no easy feat, but smashing it in off the underside of the bar was incredible.

v Barcelona

Sometimes a goal isn’t just about how it looked, its about how it feels, and that is all down to the context of the game. While the above goals weren’t in the most high profile of games, this one certainly was. Having drawn 0-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against the mighty Barcelona, United knew they were in for a nerve racking night at Old Trafford. Any goal by the Catalan side would have meant United need two. However with 14 minutes on the clock, Scholes settled the nerves!

The England midfielder picked up on a loose ball from Gianluca Zambrotta, took a touch before firing a strike with the outside of his foot to send the ball spinning out of the reach of Victor Valdes.

What more, it turned out to be the only goal of the game to send United through to the final, which they of course won against Chelsea.