Manchester United and England legend Paul Scholes has signed a four-year deal to become a pundit for BT Sport.

The ex-midfielder, who only retired from playing for the second time just over a year ago, will join the panel of analysts for exclusively live matches in the Barclays Premier League from the start of this season.

Scholes, 39, who has two UEFA Champions League winners medals, will also work as a pundit covering the leading European football competition from the start of the 2015-16 season, when BT Sport will become the home of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

Paul Scholes' recent opinions have been every bit as tenacious as his tackling on the pitch"

Grant Best, Senior Channel Executive Producer, BT Sport
 

The Salford-born star amassed an incredible array of silverware in a career spent entirely at Old Trafford, making 718 appearances and scoring 155 goals.

He won the Premier League 11 times, the FA Cup three times, Football League Cup twice and FA Community Shield five times, as well as winning 66 England caps.

Grant Best, Senior Channel Executive Producer, BT Sport, said: “Paul has proved himself to be a forthright and astute pundit since he hung up his boots.

“His recent opinions have been every bit as tenacious as his tackling on the pitch. It is fantastic that we have been able to sign up a legend like Paul to offer a unique insight, based on a record of consistent success at the highest level of the game.”

Scholes will join other former and current Manchester United stars working for BT Sport, including Rio Ferdinand, now with QPR, and Robin van Persie, who are ambassadors for the channels. Ex-team-mate Owen Hargreaves works as a pundit while Michael Owen is a co-commentator.

BT Sport will kick off the new season in the Barclays Premier League with exclusively live coverage of Louis van Gaal’s first league game as the new Manchester United manager on the opening day of the new season on August 16.

The channels, which are free for a second season for BT broadband customers, will also show current champions Manchester City three times in the Barclays Premier League during its initial selection of TV matches, as well as their FA Community Shield match versus Arsenal on August 10.