Scholes looks likely to stay on

Date published: 24 July 2014

MANCHESTER United still want Grotton-based 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 (39) is yet to be given a role by Giggs’ successor Louis van Gaal, though.

Some believed Scholes’ comments in an online blog for Betfair 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.”

Scholes also hit out at executive vice–chairman Woodward for failing to land United’s top targets last summer.

But despite the barbs, it is understood the United hierarchy are keen for the former England international to have some sort of coaching role at Old Trafford next season.