Paul Scholes, seen here after scoring against Wigan, has spent his whole career at Manchester United.
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is retiring for a second and final time, ending a career that saw him regarded as one of the most technically gifted players of his generation.

The 38-year-old former England international initially quit in 2011 but was persuaded to return for United in January 2012.

Scholes announced on Saturday: "I am finally hanging up my boots for good.''

A first appearance since January is expected on Sunday in a Premier League match against Swansea, which will also be manager Alex Fergsuon's final match at Old Trafford before retiring.

Scholes has spent his entire career at United, making 716 appearances and scoring the last of his 155 goals in September against Wigan.

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