Following criticism from plenty of reds (myself included) after the likes of Eric Steele and Rene Meulensteen left the club, David Moyes has today confirmed that he asked both to stay. Meulensteen was offered the job of assistant manager but turned it down to go to Russia and work with Guus Hiddink. Steele said he wanted to give Moyes the chance to have a clean break and bring his own men in.

After appointing Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs as coaches, Moyes has revealed he also asked Paul Scholes whether he would be interested.

“I spoke with Paul Scholes as well, he felt he wanted to have some time off with his family,” Moyes said. “I felt the right person was Ryan Giggs and he has been great. He has been on his Uefa pro licence course – and after two days you can see how incredible a footballer he is – he is taking steps forward and to get him and Phil Neville together is great.”