Tuesday 10 December 2019

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes to 'come out of retirement' at the age of 41

Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes
. Photo: Getty Images
Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes . Photo: Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has come out of retirement for a second time - yet he won’t be making a return to the Premier League stage at the tender age of 41.

Scholes has signed up to play in Premier Futsal League in India, where he will join former Barcelona and Chelsea star Deco, with the indoor league set to kick-off next month.

Futsal is an indoor five-a-side league, with games played over two 20 minutes periods in front of what are expected to be huge crowds.

“Futsal is a fascinating format that has played a pivotal role in developing the skills of some of the greatest football players,” said Scholes.

“I have seen Futsal grow not just back home, but also across the world and I have played in a few of those tournaments.

“Premier Futsal will be a great way to introduce the sport to India and I’m looking forward to meeting the fans across India who I know are some of the most passionate in the world.”

Scholes previously came out of retirement back in 2012 and he went on to collect his 11th Premier League title with Manchester United a year later.

He has gone on to become an outspoken TV pundit over the last couple of years, with Louis van Gaal often infuriated by his criticisms of his United teams before he was sacked by the Old Trafford club last month.

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