Bobby laments Scholes 'tragedy'

United legend sorry Scholes will no longer grace Old Trafford grass

Scholes: Retired from playing

Charlton: Loved watching Scholes play

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Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has added his own glowing tribute to the plaudits paid to newly-retired Paul Scholes.

The midfielder ended weeks of speculation concerning his future by announcing his retirement aged 36 on Tuesday to take up a coaching role at Old Trafford.

Charlton - himself a former England international - is disappointed Scholes has finally hung up his boots, believing it is 'an absolute tragedy' he will no longer be playing for the club.

But Charlton hopes Scholes will now stay at United for the rest of his career in football.

"I can think of is what an absolute tragedy that we have to be without him - he is such a fantastic player, a beautiful player to watch."

Sir Bobby Charlton

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The United ambassador told Sky Sports News: "Well I had a hint that it was going to happen and I was hoping that somebody would be brave enough to ask him to stay and hopefully get the right response.

"But he is not that type of person - once he makes up his mind to do something he's very singular minded.

Absolute tragedy

"And all I can think of is what an absolute tragedy that we have to be without him - he is such a fantastic player, a beautiful player to watch - and we will miss him certainly at Manchester United.

"But I think more from the game's point of view that he was just priceless - he had vision, he could see instantly where people were and I used to sometimes hear people gasp when he made a pass that was just so pinpoint.

"He's just a fantastic player - a beautiful, beautiful footballer - and at Manchester United we've been very proud that he played for us for most of his career, for all of his career really, so I'm very disappointed in that respect but I love him as a person, he's a great lad, and he will be remembered forever at Manchester United, there's no question about that."

Fabio Capello was unable to lure Scholes out of England retirement for the last World Cup and Charlton was sorry he did not play more for the Three Lions.

He added: "And England - one of the things that maybe could have improved England was if he didn't love his family so much, he wanted to stay with his family rather than keep travelling to England.

"But he's a marvellous player and he's a great person, I love him to bits and we are very proud and we'll look after him for the rest of his career hopefully."