Paul Scholes wants a return to Manchester United as a coach but will not approach his former employers over a backroom position.
This is according to the Manchester Evening News, who understand the retired midfielder would relinquish his duties as a television pundit for a job at Old Trafford.
Scholes has worked as a pundit for BT Sport and ITV Sport over the past two seasons and made headlines for being openly critical about Manchester United’s dismal football under Louis van Gaal.
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Van Gaal has hit back at Scholes on several occasions and the relationship between the two men, one would assume, is subsequently strained.
Whether Scholes would welcome the chance to work under Van Gaal is unclear from the MEN’s report - but the United legend is prepared to help his former employers clear up the veteran Dutch coach’s mess.
Midtjylland defeat a new low for United
Van Gaal is likely to be replaced in the summer - possibly by Jose Mourinho - following another underwhelming campaign.
Thursday night’s 2-1 defeat to Midtjylland in the Europa League was a new low for Van Gaal and, indeed, for Manchester United in this post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
United sources fear club is losing its identity
The MEN claim sources close to United fear the club are losing their identity following Ferguson’s departure in the summer of 2013 - and are baffled why Scholes, a member of the heralded ‘Class of ’92’, is not already involved with the current setup.
Ryan Giggs, another ‘Class of ’92’ member, has been working as Van Gaal’s assistant since the summer of 2014 while Nicky Butt was named as the club’s new head of Manchester United’s academy earlier this week.
Questions have also been asked as to why Gary Neville, the current Valencia manager and England coach, is not involved with the current setup at Old Trafford.
Scholes keen to begin coaching
Scholes has reportedly confided that he is keen to embark on a career in coaching and management as soon as possible.
Despite making an impact as a pundit, it seems the 41-year-old is keen to get back out on the training ground - almost three years after he retired for the second time.
Scholes might agree with Roy Keane about media work
Scholes is understood to be indifferent about working in the media, much like Roy Keane said he was in his 2014 autobiography.
“When I was at United I was getting paid good money but I could go: ‘Yeah, but I'm giving it back to you’. I didn’t feel that way with this TV work. It’s an easy gig,” Keane wrote, per the Daily Mail.
“I don’t like easy gigs. When I heard: ‘I liked your commentary last night’. I knew I was only talking bulls*** like the rest of them. Hopefully my bulls*** was a bit better. I wanted to do something that excited me. TV work didn’t excite me.”
The likelihood of Van Gaal reaching out to Scholes is slim - but there's every chance the former midfielder will be back at Old Trafford, in some capacity, once the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach has left the Red Devils.
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