Manchester United reserve team coach Warren Joyce believes Paul Scholes' mid-season retirement reversal was down to the star enjoying his youth team training role.

Scholes retired from football at the end of the 2010-11 season, but had a change of heart in January and returned to the first-team, making a vital contribution as United narrowly lost out in the title race on goal difference.

And, Joyce believes his informal training "kickabouts" with the reserves benefited both parties, and was a major factor in convincing Scholes he still had the ability to make his comeback.

Speaking to the club's official website and quoted on, Joyce said: "It was good for [the reserves] to train with Paul Scholes before Christmas, to get him involved with training and see how to act properly.

"I think it was good for him as well. Maybe, he just trained like he did when he was 18 again and working under Eric Harrison in the youth team. He was at them and they were at him. There was great spirit - he was kicking them and they were kicking him!"

Scholes returned to make 16 league appearances, scoring four goals, as United battled in vain to stop Manchester City from claiming their first Premier League title.

The United midfielder has already committed to another season at Old Trafford, and will play a key role as the Red Devils attempt to dethrone their fierce rivals next season.

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