Paul Scholes: I had to buy my own football boots from local shop for Manchester United return against City

Paul Scholes has revealed he had to buy his own football boots from a local shop ahead of his return for Manchester United against rivals City.

The Red Devils legend retired in May 2011 but reversed his decision in January 2012 after an injury crisis left Sir Alex Ferguson without any central midfielders.

Scholes had been training with the reserves on a daily basis and revealed he was thinking of coming back.

"I was getting fit, I felt great, and it got to December time and the team was struggling a bit," Scholes said on BT Sport.

"They had a load of injuries, no central midfield players were fit. They ended up playing Phil Jones and Fabio da Silva in central midfield in a game against Blackburn at Old Trafford.

"Funnily enough that was the end of Pogba, because he thought he should have been playing instead of them. But he wasn't doing well enough."

"I spoke to Gary and Phil (Neville) to see what they thought," he continued. "Then I went to assistant manager Mick Phelan, and I was nervous. But Mick thought it was a great idea.

"A day after I knocked on Fergie's door and he said 'great, let's do it straight away, let me call David Gill and we'll sort contract out'."

After being given the go ahead, Scholes revealed he had to actually go out and buy his own boots.
"We were playing City away," continued Scholes.

"We get in the dressing room and my shirt's there and I'm named as sub.

"I remember Danny Welbeck was next to me and he said 'I knew something was going on!'.

"I had to sort my boots out. I had to go down to the local shop and buy a pair of boots because I didn't have any! I didn't have a sponsor, and we couldn't let Nike know.

"I didn't know at the time but the boots I got were a little bit of a rip off."