Scholes on 2012 comeback: ‘I would have gone somewhere else’

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has revealed that he would have joined another club if Sir Alex Ferguson had rejected his offer to end his retirement in 2012.

Scholes retired at the end of the 2011 Premier League season, but he soon decided he had called it a day a little too early and offered to return to help United during an injury crisis in January 2012.

Luckily for the former midfield maestro Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t think twice about taking Scholes back into the first-team fold, where he would go on to win the 11th league title of his sensational career, before finally calling time on his playing career once and for all in May 2013.

“I finished at the wrong time and the manager said that to me, that I had another year in me at least and I just didn’t feel that way at the time,” Scholes told beIN SPORTS.

“We got to Christmas time and I was coaching the youth team and the first team was struggling. I think we had Fabio and Phil Jones playing in central midfield in a game against Blackburn.

“I went and knocked on Mike Phelan’s door, the assistant, and I said I fancy coming back to play. I wanted to see where he thought the manager would go with it and if he said no, I would have gone somewhere else to play because I needed to play.

“He said it was a great idea and the next day I was nervous knocking on the manager’s door and I was there at half seven in the morning because I wanted to get it out of the way. He shook my hand straight away and said we’ll get it sorted.”

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