Paul Scholes decided to come out of retirement to rejoin to Manchester United in early 2012.

The former England midfielder went on to make a further 33 appearances for the club while helping them to the Premier League title in 2012/13, but has admitted to feeling nerves about his decision to return.

Scholes, who turned 46 on Monday, spoke about his choice while admitting that he could have joined Everton, and opened up on rumours that he had to purchase his own boots to keep his move quiet.

He has also revealed the influence of Mike Phelan, who went with him to talk to Sir Alex Ferguson.

Paul Scholes won another Premier League title during his second spell
Paul Scholes won another Premier League title during his second spell

“I came back in the September with Warren Joyce and the U23s and I was training every day,” he told DAZN.

“I felt as fit as I’d 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.”

Before adding: “The next step had to be Mike Phelan, the assistant manager. I must have spoke to him at half 7 in the morning because I was so nervous the night before waiting to see what he thought and he thought it was a great idea.

“Then there’s only one more person to get through which was the most important.

Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted that Paul Scholes decided to return to Man Utd
Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted that Paul Scholes decided to return to Man Utd

“As soon as I saw Mick I went to see the manager and told him I want to play again. I said that I feel fit and I feel okay and he asked ‘do you want to play here or do you want to go somewhere else?’.

“There’s no way I wanted to go somewhere else. He said: ‘Right I’ll sort your contract out’.

“He was on the phone to David Gill and I think it was the next day I signed for another six months. And then you think ‘What have I done?!’. He brought me into the squad to play Man City in the FA Cup.

Paul Scholes made his final appearance for the club against West Brom on May 19, 2013
Paul Scholes made his final appearance for the club against West Brom on May 19, 2013

“He told me not to tell anybody and the players had absolutely no idea. My wife knew and I think I might have told my dad but nobody else knew. We get to the ground on the Sunday and my kit is there.”

Before adding of his footwear: “I actually couldn’t get any boots. They couldn’t know I was playing.

“If I asked for a real pair from Nike then they’d know something was going on. I went to the local JJB and I think they were £40 at the time which I thought was quite expensive."