As Paul Scholes looks set to take over at League One side Oldham Athletic, we've decided to turn back time and reminisce about the time Scholesy decided to come out of retirement in 2012.

Five years ago, the midfield maestro decided that on a cloudy Thursday in Manchester, he would 'lace up his boots' and come out of retirement.

Scholes was named as a substitute for the Manchester derby, a game that proved vital as Fergie's side went through to the FA Cup fourth round.

But prior to the game, there was a problem - he had no boots to lace up.

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On the Thursday, Scholes realised that the boots he had been wearing whilst coaching Manchester United's reserve team were too scruffy, so he acted accordingly.

The midfielder decided against calling Nike or Adidas for a pair of boots, but instead drove to JJB Sports and bought himself a £40 pair of 'match fit' boots. Did you expect anything less?

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The Mirror's Steve Anglesey told the story in 2012, saying: "How much of a surprise was Paul Scholes' return for Manchester United in last Sunday's controversial derby?

"The Ginger Ninja only made his mind up to come out of retirement on the previous Thursday, then realised he'd given away his old boots and that the scruffy ones he'd been using while working with United's kids wouldn't be fit for purpose.

"Did he immediately phone Nike or adidas to sort out a few free pairs and a lucrative sponsorship deal?

"No - he headed to JJB Sports and bought a pair of 'match fit' boots. For £40."

Scholes came on for the final 31 minutes at the Etihad, spraying passes left, right and centre. It was business as usual for the legendary midfielder.

He might have retired the previous season, but the-then 37-year-old slotted into the United side perfectly. It was later revealed that even teammates didn't know about Scholes return.

Wayne Rooney said that the decision was a 'closely-guarded secret inside the club', saying: "It was a bit of a shock about Scholes - we didn't even know until we were in the dressing-room. But it's great to have such a quality player coming back," he told ITV Sport via BBC Sport.


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Never change, Paul.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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