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05/08/2011 13:00, Report by Steve Bartram
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Kidd: How Scholes signed

Brian Kidd reveals how Paul Scholes came to sign for United.

"When I was working at the FA in the late 1980s, I put on a course at Middleton sports centre and they kindly said I could run a five-a-side tournament, which was terrific for the local kids. Up popped Scholesy with his pals from Cardinal Langley. They had a team in it and that was the first time I saw him.

"Out of the five of them, three of the lads came to the centre of excellence: Scholesy, Dean Kirby and Paul O’Keefe. Scholesy was no size, but the ability he had was unbelievable. His awareness and his touch… what a technician, even at that tender age.

"When Sir Alex invited me back to do the local development scene at United, I was over the moon to be given the chance. I had a look through and Scholesy’s name was nowhere to be seen, so when I made enquiries I found out he was at Oldham Athletic. To be fair to Latics, they had a terrific, vibrant youth setup at the time, with really good kids there.

"We made contact through the proper channels, to see if Paul would consider coming down and having a look at what we had to offer at Manchester

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"As far as I’m concerned, Scholesy is a genius. He's a legend and an icon  at Manchester United and in the world of football."

- Brian Kidd

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