Paul Scholes Reportedly Eyes Manchester United Role to Fix Louis van Gaal Reign

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2016

Paul Scholes as a television pundit before the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, Saturday Sept. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes would be open to taking a coaching role at Old Trafford, according to the latest reports, as he hopes to "rectify" the mistakes of manager Louis van Gaal.

James Robson of the Manchester Evening News reported on Friday that while Scholes would be willing to ditch his work as a pundit for a backroom job, the former midfield ace won't crawl back to his old club for a position.

Scholes appeared in David Beckham's UNICEF charity match at Old Trafford last November.
Scholes appeared in David Beckham's UNICEF charity match at Old Trafford last November.Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

The 41-year-old hung up his boots for a second time in 2013 and retired from the sport as a club icon, having made 696 appearances for the Red Devils since earning his debut as a teenager in 1992.

According to Robson, Scholes would have little concern sacrificing his positions with BT Sport and ITV if it meant he was able to assume a spot on the Manchester United coaching team:

Van Gaal already has Scholes' former team-mate Ryan Giggs among his staff, and the Welshman has served as assistant to the manager since he took over in 2014, having previously worked under former United manager David Moyes.

Giggs also took over as the team's interim manager for a short period following Moyes' dismissal almost two years ago, but the club may feel uneasy about bringing Scholes in after he's been so vocal against Van Gaal in the past.

Another of Scholes' Class of '92 alumni Nicky Butt was recently named the club's new head of academy, per the official Manchester United website, while Gary Neville is manager of Valencia, with brother Phil as his assistant.

One of Scholes' most recent outbursts against Van Gaal came after the 1-0 January win over League One Sheffield United in the FA Cup, after which he told BT Sport the team looked "bored" (h/t Guardian's Paul Wilson):

It’s not good enough in my eyes. They didn’t create a chance and winning a game against a League One side with a 94th-minute penalty was not a great performance, but we haven’t seen anything different for the last six months.

There are too many square pegs in round holes and you see too much boring, negative football. The players looked bored, there’s no spirit, nobody having a go at each other, no entertainment. I think even Van Gaal on the bench looks bored, but he’ll come out and say he was happy.

While the ex-playmaker's relationship with the manager may appear frosty, supporters would welcome a former favourite back to the Theatre of Dreams in the hopes he can reverse their fortunes.

United sit fifth in the Premier League standings, and there have been calls for Van Gaal to be sacked, but Samuel Luckhurst of the MEN has hinted the club's hierarchy won't be easily influenced:

Scholes won 11 Premier League titles, two UEFA Champions League gongs, a FIFA Club World Cup and more during his 20 years as a player, and that experience may yet mould him into a valuable coach.

That being said, United will have to take the first step in recruiting their club icon, whose pride will prevent him from seeking a position, no matter how severe their troubles may be.