Manchester United have left the door open for Paul Scholes to return to the club.
The Red Devils are on the lookout for a new manager for their Under-23 side, following Warren Joyce’s decision to leave the club to become Wigan Athletic’s manager.
Joyce had been with United since 2008, and won 14 trophies with the club’s reserve team before Wigan came calling, and the Red Devils are now searching for his replacement.
It is understood that the Old Trafford hierarchy remain relaxed about the situation and will not rush into appointing a new manager.
At the moment, the reserve side has been taken over by Scholes’ former team-mate, and fellow Class of 92′ graduate Nicky Butt.
Butt was appointed as United’s Head of Academy earlier this year, and has overseen a complete overhaul at the lower levels of the club’s academy, appointing new scouts and coaches and making sure the academy is up to date with the latest training methods and technological equipment.
He has now been put in charge of the reserves on a temporary basis. He will also be working alongside club secretary John Alexander and senior academy figure John Murtagh to find a permanent replacement for Joyce.
United are understood to be willing to let Paul Scholes take over the job, should he declare himself as a candidate for the role. The club legend has worked with the academy teams before, running training sessions at Under-18 and Under-23 level, and has also been joint coach of the Under-19 side with Butt himself.
Scholes is believed to be keen to go into management. He has been approached on several occasions by League One outfit Oldham Athletic, but has turned them down each time. However, a chance to take charge of United’s reserves could prove to be the perfect opportunity for Scholes to get his first taste of life as a manager, and the club have left the door open for him to return.