"Yes (it would be the same answer)," Scholes told the Manchester Evening News.
"It wasn't about thinking it was too much or I wasn't capable; it was just that when I was playing I was not enjoying it one little bit.
"When Steve McClaren was appointed he rang me and asked me to return. He also came down to training and asked if I fancied it.
"That meant a lot to me, but I don't think I was ever that close that I would have said yes."