Paul Scholes was undoubtedly one of the best midfielders of his generation for Manchester United. Through a succession of glorious passes, beautiful goals and the odd mistimed tackle, Scholes became a very important player for United, notching up more than 700 appearances and 150 goals for a club. Now a coach for Manchester United, will he be able to replicate the success he had as a player?
Scholes does possess great footballing intelligence although this does not automatically make him a good coach. Interestingly of Manchester United's famous 'Class of 92' none have gone on to be a top-level manager. Throughout his career, Paul Scholes had a reputation for being quiet but silently assertive. Here was a man who did things his own way, although no-one would call him aggressive.
This attributes might be conducive for his work as a coach where coaches need to have authority, but the respect of their players as well. Paul Scholes will already have this, considering he is one of the most respected midfielders of his generation. He will also display tactical nous, given his work as a player and learning under a managerial heavyweight, Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, good players and managers are often very rare, with the possible exception of Frank Rijkyard who won the European Cup as a player and manager. Paul Scholes has a good chance though, given his past successes.