Man United’s David Moyes: Paul Scholes wasn’t ready to join my staff

Manchester United manager David Moyes says Paul Scholes has turned down the opportunity to be part of his coaching staff

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David Moyes has revealed Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has turned down the chance to join the new manager’s coaching team.

The Red Devils midfielder decided to hang up his boots at the end of the season after winning his 13th Premier League title with the Old Trafford outfit in May.

Moyes has already recruited former United defender Phil Neville for his Red Devils staff, while Ryan Giggs has taken up a player-coach role.

But the 50-year-old revealed Scholes opted against an immediate return to Old Trafford.

“Paul was fantastic with me and wanted to help a lot,” Moyes told United’s website.

“I probably spent an hour or two on the phone with him. He wants to spend time with his family at the moment. We’ll bring him in when he’s ready.”

Moyes also revealed he brought in Giggs and Neville to create a bridge between Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor and the current squad.

“I wanted to make sure I had connections to what happened here,” Moyes added.

“I spoke to Paul Scholes as well. He wants to have some time off with his family.

“I also spoke with Rene [Meulensteen] but he wanted to move on. So then the obvious choice was Ryan. He’s an incredible footballer. To get him and Phil Neville together…I wanted to make sure I had some young members of staff behind me as well.”

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