Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has revealed that he once considered moving to Everton. The Salford-born one-club man made 718 appearances for the Old Trafford club, scoring 155 goals, in a career between 1994-2013, winning 11 Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups, two Champions Leagues, an Intercontinental Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. Rejecting requests from his manager Sir Alex Ferguson to stay on, Scholes, who celebrates his 46th birthday today, originally hung up his boots in the summer of 2011 and joined United’s coaching staff but midway through the following season after declaring that he felt the fittest he’d been in years, he decided to resume playing. Scholes spoke to those close to him and it was then that Everton captain Phil Neville asked him to move to Goodison Park.
Paul Scholes said “I came back in September with Warren Joyce and the U23s and I was training every day. I felt as fit as I’d probably ever had done after having four months off – it was just the break I needed. I said to Joyce that I wanted to play again – I just wanted to play. Where it was I don’t care. I didn’t expect United to want me back. I spoke to Phil Neville and he said: ‘Come and play for Everton.’ 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, I don’t know.”
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