Paul Scholes has 4×4 car stolen as he defrosts windscreen

• Manchester United midfielder had left engine running
• When he returned to driveway, vehicle had been stolen

Paul Scholes looks dejected

Paul Scholes’s Chevrolet Captiva Estate was stolen from outside his home after he had gone inside and left the engine running. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Thieves stole a top-of-the-range 4×4 owned by Paul Scholes as theManchester United midfielder defrosted the windscreen, sources have confirmed.

The footballer left the engine running to melt ice on his grey Chevrolet Captiva Estate while it was parked on his driveway and went back inside his home in Oldham, Greater Manchester. When he returned, the car had been stolen.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester police said: “Police are investigating after a car was stolen while the owner was defrosting the vehicle. The grey Chevrolet Estate was stolen from the drive of a house in the Greenfield area of Oldham between 7.45am and 8am on Monday 28 January 2013. Inquiries to locate the car are ongoing.”

Scholes, 38, has played his entire professional career at Manchester United, making more than 700 appearances for the club. He has also made 66 appearances for England scoring 14 goals.

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