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Paul Scholes says Mousa Dembele and Gareth Bale convinced him to retire from football

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Paul Scholes is commonly regarded as one of the best midfielders England has ever produced.

The 43-year-old made 718 appearances for the Red Devils before calling it a day nearly five years ago, but he had actually already retired 18 months before that.

The 66-time England international, who won eleven Premier League titles at Old Trafford, began taking his coaching badges and helping the reserve side at United during his sabbatical from football.

However, following United's FA Cup clash with Huddersfield on Saturday, the former playmaker turned pundit explained what made him come out of retirement just six months after his initial decision.

An injury crisis caused Sir Alex Ferguson to deploy Phil Jones and Rafael in the centre of the park for a home fixture with Blackburn Rovers, a game that is typically associated with the demise of Paul Pogba's initial Manchester United career.

Scholes made a dramatic return in order to alleviate the injury crisis at the club and while the initial return was great, Scholes would end up regretting signing for another year after.

"That season was great. We almost won the league - City obviously won it with [Sergio] Aguero in the last minute - which was disappointing; I really wish I'd stopped then," Scholes admitted.

"That was enough really. Because we got to the next season, the manager gave me another year, but I was - I say I was gone the first time [I retired] - but this time I was really gone.

"I remember a game against Tottenham at home, it was only the third, fourth game of the season, I think we got beat at home 3-2. I played alright in possession, but I remember [Mousa] Dembele cruising past me, Gareth Bale, I know they cruise past people but I remember thinking 'I just can't do this anymore'.

"I wanted to retire again very early that season, but I just thought I'd look stupid."

To be fair, players in their prime have a hard time dealing with both of those men, it's no wonder Scholes reconsidered everything.

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