Saturday 16 December 2017

Scholes still wanted despite barbs

Paul Scholes. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA
Paul Scholes. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA

MANCHESTER UNITED still want Paul Scholes at the club next year despite his public criticism of Wayne Rooney and Ed Woodward.

Scholes was employed as a coach under Ryan Giggs during the Welshman's four games in charge of United towards the end of last season.

The former United midfielder is yet to be given a role by Giggs' successor Louis van Gaal though.

Some believed Scholes' comments in an online blog during the summer had reduced his chances of a return to the coaching staff at Old Trafford.

Speaking about his former team-mate Rooney, Scholes wrote: "There's a chance he's worn out. Wayne's peak may have been a lot younger than what we'd expect of footballers traditionally. Age 28 or 29 has been the normal 'peak'. With Wayne, it could have been when he scored 27 league goals in 2011-12 when he was 26."

The former England midfielder also hit out at executive vice-chairman Woodward for failing to land United's top targets last summer.

Scholes wrote: "Edward Woodward has an awful lot to prove this time that he's good enough at his job. He has to bring the players in that the new manager wants. It's obvious that last year he didn't manage to do that. If he doesn't we are not going to get anywhere near the top."

But despite the barbs, the United hierarchy are keen for Scholes (39), who played 718 times for the club, to have some sort of coaching role at Old Trafford.

An assistant manager role to Nicky Butt, who is in charge of the U21s, is the likely outcome.

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