Manchester United great Paul Scholes dropped by non-league team in 11TH tier of English football

The Manchester United legend came out of retirement at the age of 43 to turn out for Royton Town in the Manchester League Premier Division.

But despite having won 11 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues three FA Cups, two League Cups and 66 England caps, he is now surplus to requirements.

“We’ve been at full strength,” said Royton Town chairman Gary Leeming. “So he’s not needed.

“At the minute, our manager Mark Howard is telling Paul Scholes that he’s not being picked!”

Scholes – whose son Arron plays for Royton, based in Oldham, Greater Manchester – clearly has no feelings about being left out.

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He pulled the boots back on again in September because of a player shortage and watches Arron in action.

Things are obviously going well as Royton are at the top end of the Premier Division and the mood is as good off the field as it is on it.

Mr Leeming added: “Paul has booked a table for our sportsman’s dinner on December 29!”

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