"I met his mum and dad and had a chat with them, not taking anything for granted because you’re brought up at Manchester United not to get above our station. I asked if they’d consider having a look at what we’d got to offer and that’s how it all began.
"Paul came down with his mum and dad, he must’ve enjoyed it but he couldn’t sign for us because he was a November birthday and he couldn’t sign until the next May.
"We didn’t want to turn any young player’s head: we wanted them to come to Manchester United for the right reasons, so I said to Paul to continue to go to Latics and do his training on Tuesdays and Thursdays, not to sour his relationship in any way with them, and we didn’t want to do anything untoward.
"The window came that gave kids the opportunity to sign for another club if they hadn’t signed a schoolboy form anywhere, and, in the May, he joined us.
"When he came down, everyone looked at Scholesy’s size and, having not seen a lot of him, there was a bit of doubt. But he didn’t take long to show everyone how good he was. And what a career he went on to have.