Manchester United veteran Paul Scholes has turned down the opportunity to join David Moyes' coaching team following his release at the end of last season. 

Newly-appointed manager Moyes wanted to add the former playing trio of Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville and Scholes to his backroom staff for the upcoming season - his first at Manchester United. 

He has successfully persuaded Neville and Giggs to join him next season, with Giggs starting a player-manager role as he has chosen to continue his career for a further season. 

But midfielder Scholes has stated his intention to take a break from the game in order to spend more time with his family. 

The veteran has been at Old Trafford since the 1993-1994 season, where he went on to make over 700 appearances for the Red Devils. 

Moyes admitted that although he was desperate for the Manchester United icon to join him in management, he respects the decision made by the 38-year-old. 

"I wanted to make sure I had connections to what happened here. I spoke to Paul Scholes as well," Moyes told reporters.

"He wants to have some time off with his family. Paul was fantastic with me and wanted to help a lot. 

"I probably spent an hour or two on the phone with him. He wants to spend some time with his family at the moment. We'll bring him in when he's ready."

Moyes also added that he tried to convince Rene Meulensteen to continue in his coaching role, but when he stated his intent to move on, the obvious choice was to ask Manchester United legend Giggs. 

"I also spoke with Rene Meulensteen, but he wanted to move on. So then the obvious choice was Ryan (Giggs). 

"He's an incredible footballer. To get him and Phil Neville together. I wanted to make sure I had some young members of staff behind me as well," added Moyes.


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