Rescue act: Paul Scholes comes out of retirement to rejoin United

Last Updated: Jan 08, 2012, 19:26 PM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

London: Paul Scholes has come out of retirement to rejoin Manchester United for the remainder of the season.

The midfielder approached Alex Ferguson to reverse his decision to retire that was made at the end of the last season, the official website of the club reported on Sunday.

Ferguson has expressed his pleasure over the decision saying he was sad to see the midfielder retire.

"It’s fantastic that Paul has made this decision. 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." he told the website.

On the other hand, Scholes says that he missed playing football for Man U and is delighted to be back after a six-month hiatus.

"I’ve been pretty clear since I stopped playing that I miss it. 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.” he said.

37 years old Scholes’ decision to comeback appears to be a result of the current injury crisis at Old Trafford that is increasingly threatening to throw their campaign for a record chase of 20th Premier League title out of gear.

Scholes last first-team appearance for Man U came as a substitute during the Champions League final defeat against Barcelona at Wembley in May 2011.