Scholes answers SOS

IN AND OUT: Former Man United manager David Moyes, right, with Ryan Giggs
IN AND OUT: Former Man United manager David Moyes, right, with Ryan Giggs

LONDON - Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been drafted in to assist the club's newly appointed interim manager, Ryan Giggs, United revealed yesterday.

"It's great to see Paul Scholes here at the Aon Training Complex today, assisting Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville," United said on their official Twitter feed.

Giggs, 40, was placed in temporary charge of the first team on Tuesday after David Moyes was sacked as manager.

Butt and Neville were already part of United's back-room staff. Scholes briefly worked as a coach at the club after first retiring as a player in 2011.

Giggs, Neville, Scholes and Butt all graduated from the United youth team in the early 1990s and went on to play key roles in the success the club enjoyed under former manager Alex Ferguson.

Scholes, 39, came out of retirement to play under Ferguson last season, before ending his playing career for good at the end of the campaign.

Moyes reportedly tried to persuade Scholes to join his back-room staff at the start of the current season, but the former England international elected not to accept his offer.

Giggs will take charge of United for the first time on Saturday, when they host Norwich City in the first of their four remaining Premier League games.

Meanwhile, reports claim that former United manager Alex Ferguson will play an active role in the search for a new head coach, despite having been chiefly responsible for the decision to appoint Moyes.

Moyes, 50, was sacked after a wretched debut campaign that saw defending champions United slump to seventh place on the Premier League table, denying them a place in next season's Champions League.

News of Moyes's departure was met with a favourable reaction on the New York Stock Exchange, where United's shares rose 6% to their highest level since Ferguson's retirement.

l Carlo Ancelotti has emerged as a candidate to succeed Moyes after several British newspapers reported that the Real Madrid coach was being considered for the vacancy, along with Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal.

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