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Fitness concerns prevented Scholes from returning to Oldham

Oldham missed out on their most famous fan returning to play for the Latics when Paul Scholes decided to retire whilst playing for Manchester United. The 36-year-old, who is a lifelong Latics fan, had spoken previously about the possibility of playing for the club at the end of his career.

He told BBC Radio Manchester: "If Oldham would have been a possibility and I still felt great physically then I probably would have played on."

"The decision I made to retire was just the way I was feeling."

Instead of switching to Boundary Park, where Scholes still visits as a spectator, he will now take up a coaching role at Old Trafford.

"If I couldn't go to another club and play well and contribute to another team then I didn't see the point in doing that," he added.

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