Tuesday 20 February 2018

Class of 92 revisited: Paul Scholes added to Giggs' backroom at United

Paul Scholes (right) with Ryan Giggs
Paul Scholes (right) with Ryan Giggs

Paul Scholes has been added to Ryan Giggs' backroom staff at Manchester United.

Giggs was appointed United interim manager following the sacking of David Moyes on Tuesday.

The Welshman installed Nicky Butt and Phil Neville as first-team coaches, and it has now emerged that Scholes has returned to the club to assist his former team-mate.

"It's great to see Paul Scholes here at the Aon Training Complex today, assisting Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville," read a post on Manchester United's official Twitter feed.

Giggs, Neville, Scholes and Butt are all graduates of the famed 'Class of '92' which helped bring the club much of the success they enjoyed under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Scholes coached at the club for six months when he first retired from the playing staff in 2011.

Ferguson managed to persuade the midfielder to come out of retirement the following year and he then hung up his boots for good last summer after Ferguson left.

Moyes tried to persuade Scholes to join his backroom staff at the start of the season, but he failed.

The former United midfielder, who has 11 Premier League winner's medals to his name, has spent his time out of the game pursuing various projects.

He was part of a consortium, along with Giggs, Butt Gary Neville and his brother Phil, that bought Salford City FC. Scholes has also appeared as a TV pundit during his time away from United.

The United board hope Giggs and his staff can restore some pride after a woeful season under Moyes.

Moyes' tenure was often dogged by rumours - always denied by the Scot - that he did not get on with some of his players.

One highly-placed source at United revealed the board became concerned that Moyes could not get the best out of his players.

The source said: "The players didn't look up for it," during the latter stages of the former Everton manager's reign.

Although Giggs has no experience in management, he will command the total respect of his players, according to his former team-mate Quinton Fortune.

"In the last few seasons, and especially this season, I've seen him stepping in and helping out with the coaching. The amount of respect that the players have for him is unbelievable," Fortune told MUTV.

"I wish Giggsy all the best.

"He's a great guy, an unbelievable player to play with and now he obviously has a different job.

"It was a bit strange to see him standing there like the boss this morning with Nicky Butt alongside him but, at the same time, it feels normal.

"I was driving to training thinking how beautiful it is because he grew up here, he played here - the same with Nicky Butt - and now he's temporary first-team manager. It was a beautiful sight for the club to see those two there."

Giggs is expected to take charge of United's final four games.

The 40-year-old is not understood to be in the running to be the club's next full-time manager.

The front runner to replace Moyes is Holland coach Louis van Gaal, who has made no secret of his desire to move to England once his contract expires after the World Cup.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is also reported to be on United's wanted list.

He is expected to be asked about his thoughts on the job following Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

Despite making an error with the appointment of Moyes, Ferguson will be consulted on who should be the next boss as he is a director on the club's board.

Moyes is locked in discussions with his former employers about a severance package, with some estimates stating such negotiations could take up to two weeks.

The Scot left United seventh in the Barclays Premier League, some 23 points behind leaders Liverpool.

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