Manchester United confirmed on Tuesday that Paul Scholes was returning to the club to assist under-19s manager Nicky Butt on a 'game-by-game basis', and the pair were later pictured together on the bench for the first time.

Scholes retired for the second time at the end of last season having clinched an 11th Premier League title with the club, lowering the curtain on an illustrious Old Trafford career which lasted 20 years.

The 38-year-old, though, has not been content with life away from football, and Manchester United are now using his expertise to help coach the next generation of Red Devils superstars.

With Butt recently appointed as the club's under-19s boss, having previously worked as a coach for the under-21s, the former Manchester United midfielder has drafted in his long-time friend to assist the running of the side.

The maiden public outing for Scholes alongside Butt was at Salford City Stadium as Manchester United's youngsters hosted their counterparts from Bayer Leverkusen.

Scholes and Butt would have been impressed by their young charges in early stages as Manchester United streaked into a two-goal lead within 10 minutes, but they were soon pegged back by the Germans.

The encounter was levelled at 2-2 by half-time, before Leverkusen took the lead just after the hour, but Manchester United staged a comeback to triumph 4-3, with the winning goal scored by James Wilson in the last minute.

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