Man Utd legend Paul Scholes has spoken about Sir Alex Ferguson’s ambition, his coaching dreams and potentially working under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The legendary Scot urged United’s famous youth set-up to take their coaching badges and gain experience within the game with the idea of emulating the current set-ups at both Ajax and Bayern Munich.
However, six years on from both Scholes and Ferguson’s retirement from football, only one member of the Class of ’92 remains at the club.
Nicky Butt is currently the head of the academy, while Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville are both in international management, and Scholes and Gary Neville are both better known for their recent punditry work.
David Beckham is exploring his own football ventures in America, and Scholes admits it is strange that only one of their famous group is now directly employed by the club.
“Yeah, it is a little bit strange, I think it was always the manager (Sir Alex Ferguson’s) idea that he would have us all involved in some capacity,” Scholes told MEN Sport at Salford City’s ownership announcement on Wednesday.
“He went at the same time, we retired together the second time. I think in an ideal world he would have liked that but it didn’t happen for a year or so and people got other interests.
“I always remember the last couple of years of his retirement he wanted us involved, he wanted us to get our coaching badges. He wanted us around the academy, around the club, but that never happened other than Nicky.
“Salford obviously took a big chunk of that, people went into different stuff. Gary went into management, Ryan is now at Wales.
“I think the manager always wanted something similar to a Bayern Munich or an Ajax where there is always ex-players there involved in the club, but it just has not happened. A lot changed at the club, obviously David Gill changed as well. It could have been different, it couldn’t have been. I just don’t know.”
Scholes continues to be linked with his own route into senior coaching, something which Ferguson encouraged him to do.
And when probed further on the circumstances surrounding his current relationship with United, Scholes remained coy regarding a potential disregard between the club and their famous youth graduates.
He added: “I don’t really know the answer, look if we were offered roles it would be up to us individually to take them. It is not something which Nicky obviously works there he has got a big job involved in the academy. It’s a massive job, and always will be at United.
“That is just the way it has happened, If we it had been roles which we were happy with and we wanted to take them, then I am sure we would have done.”
While Ferguson might be disappointed to see United currently operating without the help of Scholes, Giggs, Beckham and the Nevilles, the legendary Scot appears to be happy with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s return to Old Trafford.
Mike Phelan’s appointment as an assistant coach has earned him fresh cult status amongst supporters, and when chat naturally turned to the Norwegian manager, Scholes admitted he would consider joining the first-team coaching set-up if the offer was right.
“I don’t know, you’d have to ask them,” the former England international admitted.
“Ole is obviously potentially only there until the end of the season, he’s brought his own staff with him and it is obviously going well at the moment. Hopefully that will continue. If there is something in the future I am sure we would all be open to it.
“It is great to watch and I think everybody has got that buzz back again that wanted to go back to games and it is happening with everyone with a smile on their face.”