Paul Scholes has reversed his decision to retire from soccer and rejoined the playing staff at Manchester United with immediate effect.
“It’s fantastic that Paul has made this decision,” United manager Alex Ferguson told the club’s website. “It’s always sad to see great players end their careers, but especially so when they do it early.”
Scholes, 37, quit playing at the end of last season after making 676 appearances for United and winning the Premier League title 10 times. He has since been on the club’s coaching staff.
His return will bolster Ferguson’s options in midfield. Darren Fletcher is on an “extended break” because of ulcerative colitis, a chronic bowel condition, while Anderson and Tom Cleverley have both suffered from injuries this season.
“I’ve been pretty clear since I stopped playing that I miss it,” Scholes told United’s website. “I’m delighted the manager feels I can still make a contribution to the team and I’m looking forward to playing my part in trying to bring more success to this great club.”
Scholes also made 66 appearances for the England national team, scoring 13 times, and played at the 1998 and 2002 World Cup finals.