Paul Scholes reveals the Premier League rival he almost joined in 2012

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has revealed he nearly joined Everton when he came out of retirement in 2012, before opting to continue playing for United.

The talented former midfielder had retired from club football in 2011, after serving United for 17 years, and even had a testimonial in his honour.

However, while coaching the United U-23s, Scholes felt he was still fit enough to get back on the pitch, and ex-teammate, Phil Neville, almost convinced him to join Everton.

Speaking to DAZN about the failed move, Scholes said, “I came back in September [2011] with Warren Joyce and the under 23s and I was training every day.

“I felt as fit as I probably ever had done after having four months off – it was just the break I needed. I said to Joyce that I wanted to play again – I just wanted to play.

“Where it was I didn’t care. I didn’t expect United to want me back. I spoke to Phil Neville and he said: ‘Come and play for Everton.’

He added, “I’ve never really wanted to play for anyone else or be involved with any other club but if that was the only option I had then I might have done it, I don’t know.”

Scholes’ near move to Everton didn’t happen eventually, as Sir Alex Ferguson quickly offered him a new deal, to keep him with us for another 18 months.