London: Ryan Giggs has made his first move as Manchester United interim manager, by calling on Paul Scholes to assist with training at Carrington.
Giggs has been placed in charge of the first team until the end of the season, following the sacking of David Moyes on Tuesday.
And with coaches Steve Round and Jimmy Lumsden following Moyes out of the door, Giggs has turned to the former United midfielder to help with training the first team.
Scholes assisted Phil Neville and Nicky Butt at training on Wednesday, with Giggs observing from the sidelines.
“It’s great to see Paul Scholes here at the Aon Training Complex on today, assisting Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville," read a post on Manchester United’s official Twitter feed.
Scholes coached at the club for six months when he first retired from the playing staff in 2011.
Alex Ferguson managed to persuade the midfielder to come out of retirement the following year and he then hung up his boots for good last summer after Ferguson left.
Scholes rejected the chance to stay on as a coach, with Moyes failing to offer him a role. The former United midfielder, who has 11 Premier League winner’s medals to his name, has spent his time out of the game pursuing various projects.
He was part of a consortium, along with Giggs, Butt, Gary Neville and his brother Phil, that bought Salford City FC. Scholes has also appeared as a TV pundit during his time away from United.
The 39 year-old has assisted Butt with the club’s U-21 team in Europe this season, but his involvement has been limited. Scholes’s return comes just a month after he criticised Moyes’s team, following the 3-0 Old Trafford defeat against Manchester City.
Although Giggs and Scholes have no experience in management, they will command the total respect of the players, according to their former teammate Quinton Fortune.
“In the last few seasons, and especially this season, I’ve seen him stepping in and helping out with the coaching. The amount of respect that the players have for him is unbelievable,” Fortune said. “I wish Giggsy all the best.”