Date:10th June 2011 at 1:59pm
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Paul Scholes’ retirement was always going to be a monumental affair.

Since he decided to call it a day players, both current and retired, have poured in praising him as a person and a footballer.

When it was announced that he would be having a testimonial in August it is fair to say that he was going to get a good turnout as fans came to bid him farewell but news that the New York Cosmos, managed by Eric Cantona, will be the opponents is likely to send the attendance through the roof!

Cantona, who has been travelling the world rebuilding the Cosmos presence in the footballing world, said of the occasion,

“I wish to congratulate Paul for such an incredible career at Manchester United and I am looking forward to returning to Old Trafford in my new role with the New York Cosmos.”

Following the extravaganza last month that was Gary Neville’s testimonial, Scholes can expect similar treatment from the club at which he spent 17 years, something he is looking forward to:

“This is going to be a big night for me and my family but one which I intend to enjoy and I will savour every moment.

“I have spent my whole footballing life at Manchester United, so this will be an emotional farewell.

“This club is special in many ways but the fans are the best and I have always appreciated their support throughout my career.

“I hope they enjoy the night, especially seeing the Boss and Eric battling it out in front of the dug outs.”

Tickets are now on sale for Scholes’ testimonial, priced at £20-£35 for adults, £15 for over-65s and £5 for under-16s. For more details visit or ring the Old Trafford ticket office +44(0)161 868 8000