Paul Scholes admits almost joining Everton before Sir Alex deal after retirement

Paul Scholes was almost ready to sign for Everton after deciding to end his retirement.

The Manchester United legend called time on his glittering career in May of 2011 and went on to enjoy a testimonial match at Old Trafford in front of almost 75,000 supporters.

In a move that pleasantly surprised United supporters, Scholes reversed his decision to retire in early 2012 having felt rejuvenated after a four-month rest from the sport.

The 11-time Premier League winner has now admitted that he had a plan if United had rejected his return.

“I came back in the September with Warren Joyce and the U23s and I was training every day,” he told DAZN.

“I felt as fit as I’d probably ever had done after having four months off – it was just the break I needed. I said to Joyce that I wanted to play again – I just wanted to play.

“Where it was I don’t care. I didn’t expect United to want me back. I spoke to Phil Neville and he said: ‘Come and play for Everton’.

“I’ve never really wanted to play for anyone else or be involved with any other club but if that was the only option I had then I might have done it, I don’t know.”

Scholes went on to make a further 33 appearances for the Red Devils while lifting the league title in 2012/13, taking his overall outings with the club to 718.

The former England intentional went on to describe how his return came about, and why he felt nervous before taking to Mike Phelan and visiting Sir Alex Ferguson.

He added: “The next step had to be Mike Phelan, the assistant manager. I must have spoke to him at half 7 in the morning because I was so nervous the night before waiting to see what he thought and he thought it was a great idea.

“Then there’s only one more person to get through which was the most important.

“As soon as I saw Mick I went to see the manager and told him I want to play again. I said that I feel fit and I feel okay and he asked ‘do you want to play here or do you want to go somewhere else?’.

“There’s no way I wanted to go somewhere else. He said: ‘Right I’ll sort your contract out’.

“He was on the phone to David Gill and I think it was the next day I signed for another six months. And then you think ‘What have I done?!’. ‘He brought me into the squad to play Man City in the FA Cup.

“He told me not to tell anybody and the players had absolutely no idea. My wife knew and I think I might have told my dad but nobody else knew. We get to the ground on the Sunday and my kit is there.”

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