Paul Scholes welcomed back by Manchester United coach

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Manchester United reserve team coach Nicky Butt was delighted to have club legend Paul Scholes alongside him on the bench during Tuesday's UEFA Youth League win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Scholes, who retired for the final time at the end of last season, sat next to his former midfield teammate as United's reserve side recorded a 4-3 victory against their German opponents.

The 38-year-old, widely regarded as one of United's most talented players of all time, is yet to decide what he wants to do at Old Trafford - but Butt is just pleased to see him back at the club.

"Scholesy has obviously had his break with his family and had a bit of a holiday," Butt told MUTV. "He's finished football now but, with someone like Scholesy, it's important United keep him in around the club in whatever capacity he feels he wants to be in.

"Whether it be coaching my age-group, Warren Joyce's age-group or Paul McGuinness' youth team; or even the commercial side or scouting, we don't know yet.

"He doesn't really seem to know what his niche is going to be but he's interested in coaching and knows he's got a lot of experience to pass on to the young lads. To have him here was great and we just want to have him around the club.

"It's important for us all that he's available around the club for whatever he wants to do and so that's where we are at the moment."

Scholes resumed his playing career with the Red Devils in January 2012 after announcing his first retirement from competitive action the previous May.

However, the Salford-born midfield maestro called time on his career for the second time in the final weeks of last season, before playing his final match against West Brom on 19 May.

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