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Wednesday 18 January 2012

Scholes makes surprise Man Utd return

Midfielder comes out of retirement to rejoin United until the end of the season

Scholes came off the bench during United's FA Cup third-round victory over Man City

Manchester United have announced Paul Scholes has come out of retirement and will play for the club until the end of the season.

The midfielder, 37, ended his playing career at the end of last season and has been working as a coach with the Barclays Premier League champions.

However, the former England international has been persuaded to return to provide extra cover in midfield, where United are missing Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverly because of illness and injury.

And Scholes made his first appearance from the substitutes' bench in the second half of United's thrilling 3-2 third-round FA Cup victory against rivals Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

"I've been pretty clear since I stopped playing that I miss it"
- Paul Scholes

"It's fantastic that Paul has made this decision," Ferguson told Manchester United's official website.

It’s always sad to see great players end their careers, but especially so when they do it early.

"But he has kept himself in great shape and I always felt that he had another season in him. It’s terrific to have him back."

Scholes made his debut for United back in 1994, his emergence coinciding with the most successful period in the club's history.

He helped United to win 10 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies, three FA Cups and two League Cup titles over 676 matches, putting him fourth in their all-time appearances list.

"I've been pretty clear since I stopped playing that I miss it," said Scholes.

"I'm delighted the manager feels I can still make a contribution to the team and I’m looking forward to playing my part in trying to bring more success to this great club."

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Key Points

  • Paul Scholes comes out of retirement to play for Man Utd
  • Midfielder, 37, to play until the end of the season
  • Admitted he missed playing since hanging up boots