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Highlights from Paul Scholes' first match back from retirement vs Manchester City

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There’s absolutely no doubting that Paul Scholes was one of the finest midfielders of his generation.

Just look at some of the things said about him by legends such as Xavi and Zinedine Zidane and you get an idea of just how good he was.

And you need to be some player to be back playing for the same club eight months after announcing your retirement from football.

But that’s what happened with Scholes.

Scholes had initially retired in the summer of 2011 but Sir Alex Ferguson was soon calling upon the legendary midfielder to help him out come January 2012.

And on Saturday night, after United had just beaten Huddersfield in the FA Cup, Scholes recalled the brilliant story behind his comeback - including his £50 boots.

"I think I trained once with the first team before I came back in January 2012," Scholes said on BT Sport.

"I had to sort some boots out so I went down to the local shop and bought a pair of cheap boots for £50 because I hadn’t got a sponsor. We couldn’t let Nike know because it’d be obvious I was coming back.

Manchester City v Manchester United - FA Cup Third Round

“He didn’t tell the players because I think he just wanted to keep it quiet. Playing City away and he said just come to the hotel, The Lowry, on the Saturday night before the game on the Sunday and just sit on the staff table, maybe have half a glass of wine and just don’t say a word. 

“Then I get to the ground the next day and I know what’s going on so I’m a bit nervous about what the lads are going to think and then we get in the dressing room and my shirt is up and I’ve been named as substitute. 

“I remember we were 3-0 up when I came on against 10 men and it went to 3-2. I gave the first goal away and I thought “what am I doing here”. I remember David Platt was a coach under (Roberto) Mancini and I'm warming up and I was about to go on for the last half an hour and Platt said to me “what the hell are you doing?”. 

“At that time I thought “what am I doing here?” but then I gave a bad pass for a throw in and Aguero nipped in to score and then they scored again and you start to panic and I’m thinking “what have I just done?’”

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And a YouTube video is available of Scholes’ highlights during his remarkable comeback against City. It shows the midfielder playing safe passes, trying to keep the ball as much as possible. He clearly just wanted to get through his substitute appearance without making any mistakes.

WATCH: PAUL SCHOLES' HIGHLIGHTS VS MAN CITY

But, as Scholes mentioned, that didn’t quite happen.

He gave the ball away for City’s second goal to get them right back into the game.

WATCH: PAUL SCHOLES' MISTAKE VS MAN CITY

Check out the mistake - it occurs at 4:00.

It certainly wasn’t the dream comeback match for Scholes and the season ended in disaster with rivals Manchester City winning the title in the last minute.

But Scholes stayed on for a further season and won his 11th Premier League title.

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