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ON THIS DAY: JAN 8 Scholes is back at United

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January 8, 2012: Paul Scholes re-signs for Manchester United.   

On May 31, 2011, three days after Manchester United lost the 2011 Champions League final against Barcelona, Paul Scholes announced his decision to retire.

But being handed a role on the coaching staff at Old Trafford was not enough for the former England midfielder. 

So, just seven months after hanging his boots up, Scholes knocked on manager Sir Alex Ferguson's door to tell him he wanted to play again.

Nobody knew that Ferguson had re-signed the United legend. Wayne Rooney admitted he did not know Scholes was going to play again until he saw him getting changed to make his second debut as a substitute against Manchester City in a 3-2 FA Cup third round win.

The England captain said at the time: "It was a bit of a shock to be honest, we didn't know until we were in the dressing room, but he's a great player."

Scholes continued to play for United for another season and a half before he announced that he would be retirng for good at the end of the 2013-14 season.

He played 44 games and scored five goals in his second coming as a Red Devil.

His final match against West Brom on May 19, 2013 was his 499th Premeir League appearance for United. Just for good measure he also collected his 99th yellow card of his Premier Leageue career in his farewell game.

These days Scholes can be found workng as a pundit for BT Sport.

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