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Paul Scholes to assist Ryan Giggs

Paul Scholes has returned to Manchester United as part of interim manager Ryan Giggs’ coaching staff.

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The midfielder, who retired for a second time last summer, becomes the fourth member of United’s "Class of '92" who are filling the void left by David Moyes’ sacking on Tuesday.

Player-coach Giggs has stepped up to assume control until a permanent successor is named while Nicky Butt, who was working with the under-19 team, is the Welshman’s assistant.

And Phil Neville, who was part of Moyes’ backroom team, has remained at Old Trafford after the departure of the former Everton manager, plus his assistant Steve Round and long-term ally Jimmy Lumsden.

Scholes has coached at the club in an informal capacity after both of his playing retirements, in 2011 and 2013, but not in recent months.

The 39-year-old played 718 times for United, putting him behind only Giggs and Sir Bobby Charlton in the list of United’s all-time appearance makers.

Between them, Scholes, Giggs, Neville and Butt have played almost 2,500 games for United.

All four, along with Gary Neville, have agreed a deal to buy the local non-league club Salford City.

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