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Paul Scholes offered Old Trafford return as Manchester United's U-23 coach

Apurva Sinha
1.29K   //    14 Nov 2016, 20:41 IST
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Paul Scholes could be back at Old Trafford as a coach

Manchester United have opened the door to the possibility of their former player Paul Scholes returning to Old Trafford. The ex-Manchester United player hung up his boots in 2013 after over 700 games for the club.

The Red Devils are looking for a new manager for the U-23 side as Warren Joyce moved to take the vacant managerial position at Wigan Athletic last week. They will not actively pursue their former player, but they would be happy to speak to him should he declare an interest.

Having won the Premier League title 11 times and two European Cups, Scholes is one of the Red Devils’ greatest players. The Englishman retired from professional football after the club's 19th title win in 2011. He then made a sensational return 6 months later when Sir Alex Ferguson asked him to help out.

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Scholes’ former team-mate and fellow Class of ’92 member, Nicky Butt took over temporary charge of the side. The duo have worked together as joint coaches of United’s Under 19 team before. They have also run training sessions at U-18 and U-23 level for the club when the United youngsters were in the UEFA Youth League in 2013-14. The two legends are also involved as co-owners of Salford City.

Nicky Butt has been given the duty to find a new manager, who will take over the position that was previously held by Warren Joyce. The Class of ‘92 star will be assisted by the club secretary John Alexander and senior academy figure John Murtagh in the hunt for the new manager. But the final decision will be signed off by executive vice chairman Ed Woodward.

Manchester United are not worried about the situation and have decided not to rush in making an appointment.

Paul Scholes has been considered a very strong outspoken critic of Manchester United in his role as a TV pundit, although those comments will not be considered an issue. The legendary midfielder is said to have shown his interest in taking over the managerial position of the club and calls it as a favourable opportunity for him.

He has also been offered the managerial position by League One side, Oldham many times but the latter has rejected it thus far.

Manchester United would benefit a lot if Scholes decides to take over the position as he knows the club through and through. And moreover, since he is a youth product of the club himself, he will be able to nurture the talents at the club and make them good enough for the United’s first team.

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