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Coach discusses Scholes’ return

Nicky Butt is pleased to see Scholes back at the club

By | 19th September 2013
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Manchester United youth coach Nicky Butt has hailed the return of his fellow teammate Paul Scholes as the now-retired midfielder joined Butt’s coaching staff. Scholes was on the bench for Nicky Butt’s coaching debut with United’s under-19 squad in this week’s UEFA Youth League win over German side Bayer Leverkusen, and Butt hailed the experience that Scholes can bring to United’s young hopefuls.

Butt himself is new to the United coaching staff, having been handed the reins to the under-19s from new manager David Moyes. Butt has been honing his skills with the under-21 and under-18 squads with coaches Warren Joyce and Paul McGuinness, and has already tasted success in his first match as head coach. United ran out 4-3 winners over Leverkusen under the tutelage of Butt and coach Scholes.

“Scholesy has obviously had his break with his family and had a bit of a holiday,” Butt toldĀ MUTV. “He’s finished football now but, with someone like Scholesy, it’s important United keep him in around the club in whatever capacity he feels he wants to be in.

“Whether it be coaching my age-group, Warren Joyce’s age-group or Paul McGuinness’ youth team; or even the commercial side or scouting, we don’t know yet.

“He doesn’t really seem to know what his niche is going to be but he’s interested in coaching and knows he’s got a lot of experience to pass on to the young lads. To have him here was great and we just want to have him around the club.

“It’s important for us all that he’s available around the club for whatever he wants to do and so that’s where we are at the moment.”

As Butt pointed out, Scholes is yet to decide on a full-time position with the Red Devils. The former midfielder is helping Butt’s under-19s on a game by game basis, but has many opportunities available to him at Old Trafford.

The coaching role is Scholes’ second stint as a member of United’s backroom staff, with the midfielder coming out of retirement in 2012 to return to his playing days under Sir Alex Ferguson. Now he looks to slowly be easing into the position after spending time with his family since the end of last season.



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