It has today been confirmed, after weeks of rumors, that Paul Scholes has rejoined the playing staff at Manchester United.

“It’s fantastic that Paul has made this decision,” said Ferguson. “It’s always sad to see great players end their careers, but especially so when they do it early. But he has kept himself in great shape and I always felt that he had another season in him. It’s terrific to have him back.”

Scholes retired at the end of last season and became a part of the coaching staff, working with the Reserves. However, after Darren Fletcher being ruled out until the end of the season and Tom Cleverley not set to return from injury until February or March, the club have asked Scholes to rejoin the squad. He will be on the bench against City today in the FA Cup.

“I’ve been pretty clear since I stopped playing that I miss it,” said Scholes. “I’m delighted the manager feels I can still make a contribution to the team and I’m looking forward to playing my part in trying to bring more success to this great club.”

So United manage to do what England never could and talk Scholesy out of United. Of course we love him and of course he has the potential to be class again, but just how desperate has our club become under Glazer. The January transfer window is open but we are getting players out of retirement instead of buying.

Regardless, it’s still exciting because we love him. Welcome back Scholesy!