Man Utd legend Paul Scholes’ wife Claire leaves their marital home of 21 years with couple ‘devastated’ – The Sun

PAUL SCHOLES' marriage is in crisis after 27 years together.

The Man Utd hero’s wife Claire has left the marital home which they shared for 21 years.

She is now staying 20 minutes away and no longer wears her wedding ring.

A source said the pair, both 45, are “devastated”. They added: “You have to feel for them as they both value family above everything else.

“They’ve been together forever and nobody saw this coming.”

Scholes met Claire in his local pub when they were 18 and they married six years later. They raised their three children at the home in Saddleworth, Gtr Manchester, they bought after the 1998 World Cup.

It is not far from the council estate where Scholes was brought up.

He cited missing Claire too much as the reason he retired from Three Lions duty in 2004, aged just 29.

Claire walked out on the Old Trafford pitch after his testimonial in 2011 and was by his side at The Class of 92 film premiere in December 2013.

Scholes, believed to have a £27million fortune, often shared pictures of him and Claire, but the last one on his Instagram page was in February.

A source said: “People have wondered for a while if things were OK.  Everyone is gutted their fears have been confirmed.”

Scholes is the latest United great from The Class of 92 to suffer marriage problems.

Both Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt have also split from their wives.

But David and Victoria Beckham are together after 20-plus years.

A source said: “It’s sad to think that of that group, only the Neville brothers and David are still in strong relationships. But after so long together, these things can happen. You really feel for them.”

Paul and Claire were approached for comment.

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