Manchester United legend Paul Scholes considered Everton switch
The midfielder is one of the finest players to don the club jersey. A graduate of the class of 92, he played a key role in our success under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Scholes ended his 16-year-old stint at United in 2011 and retired from the game despite requests from Ferguson not to do so.
His sojourn lasted a mere four months and Scholes was keen to return. Now 36, the midfielder was sckeptical if Ferguson would want him back.
It seems Phil Neville suggested Scholes move to Merseyside with Everton. Having enjoyed a successful spell with the Toffees, Neville was well aware of the club.
I didn’t expect United to want me back. I spoke to Phil Neville and he said: “Come and play for Everton.”
Thankfully, Ferguson was keen to bring back Scholes and offered him a six-month deal to return to Old Trafford. This appears to have put an end to talks of switching to Goodison Park.
Ferguson has the Midas touch and bringing back Scholes was another masterstroke. The midfielder helped the club survive an injury crisis and was instrumental as we picked up our 20th Premier League title.
It was good that United decided to bring him back. As Scholes admits, he was keen to play and would have joined Everton if there was no other choice.
“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.”
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In the end, Scholes retired from the game as a one-club man. It is a testament to both his loyalty and his longevity that he managed to do so.
A true legend of the game, he was available when the club needed him. After all, we cannot imagine him don any other jersey than the famous red of Manchester.