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Punditry roles cast doubt over Scholes' United future

ESPN staff
July 29, 2014
Paul Scholes worked as part of Ryan Giggs' interim coaching team at Manchester United last season © Getty Images

Paul Scholes has cast his future as a coach at Manchester United into doubt after agreeing to work as a pundit for two television broadcasters next season.

Scholes ended last season as part of the interim regime put in charge of United after the sacking of David Moyes, helping out caretaker manager Ryan Giggs.

New manager Louis van Gaal has indicated a willingness to find a post for Scholes on his coaching staff but, two months after the Dutchman's appointment was announced, there has been no confirmation of what role he has in mind for the former United midfielder.

Scholes has signed up to be a Champions League pundit for ITV next season and to analyse Premier League matches for BT Sport over the next four campaigns.

Renowned for rarely giving interviews during his playing career, he voiced some forthright opinions during a rare appearance on television as United lost to cross-town rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford in March.

Earlier this month, Van Gaal said: "Nicky Butt is already assisting us. We will find a role for Paul Scholes and Phil Neville. That is what we want.

"We have to adapt to the qualities of these people and we'll have to speak to them personally and wait and see."

However, it remains to be seen whether Scholes would be able to combine work at Old Trafford with two punditry jobs to occupy him.

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