Football

Class of '92 
reunited

Scholes returns to join interim United manager Giggs, first-team coaches Butt and Phil Neville

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

Giggs, 40, was appointed United interim manager following the sacking of David Moyes on Tuesday.

The Welshman swiftly installed Nicky Butt and Phil Neville as first-team coaches. He also made a phone call to Scholes, who needed no second invitation to return to the club as coach.

"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 on Wednesday.

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, 39, 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 it did not materialise.

The former United midfielder, who has 11 Premier League winner's medals to his name, had 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 also appeared as a TV pundit during his time away from United and was even in Singapore last month during a promotional appearance for retail giant Courts.

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

PLAY LIKE UNITED

Under Giggs, United fans can expect a return to an adventurous style of football, instead of the more cautious approach favoured by Moyes.

A source told the Daily Mail that Giggs told the players "it was time to go back to playing like Manchester United".

Said the source: "(Giggs) said it was time to get on the front foot, to press and to start dictating games. Like everyone else in the room, he is fed up worrying about the opposition all the time.

"He wants the team to be ruthless, brave and unforgiving, just as they used to be."

Although Giggs has no experience in management, he will command the total respect of his players, said his former teammate 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, starting with tomorrow's home game with Norwich City. He is not understood to be in the running to be the club's next full-time manager. - PA Sport.