Paul Scholes is on course to be the latest well-respected footballer to ruin everything he did on the pitch, by being a fool off of it, with ill-informed comments as a pundit.
“Mourinho needs to find the right partner or partners; I’d have liked to see Michael Carrick tonight.”
“I think he [Pogba] needs – I think he’s shown at Juventus – he needs a controlling midfielder next to him and I think Michael’s got that controlled ability on the ball.
“Schneiderlin, especially, that was his job tonight.
“He was too far back for me, he kept picking the ball up in the middle of defence. In that position it is your duty to get the team to play football, you go and get the ball, you pass it forward, you link the team together.
“Schneiderlin is more concerned about his defensive role rather than being the playmaker in the team, whereas at Juventus he had Pirlo, one of the best playmakers in the world.
“And I think he [Mourinho] needs to go in the transfer market for somebody like that. Michael’s capable of it but I still think they need a controlling midfielder, who can control where Paul goes and can control a game of football.
“I know he’s happy with his four players [signed in the transfer window] but I still think they need that type of player. A Luka Modric or a Toni Kroos, and I think these players are available. Paul Pogba would be a lot better playing alongside these types of players.”
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Classic. Off the back of a £150million(ish) transfer window and after breaking the world-record for a midfielder in Paul Pogba, Scholesy is now suggesting that the Red Devils splash the cash on not one of, but two of the world’s best midfielders.
Right, Paul, you utter muppet; there are so many things wrong with that statement, I’m trying to work out where to start.
Which is these 12 moments is Manchester United’s greatest?
Everyone can remember that chip against Sunderland from King Eric. Everything about the goal, the flight time of the ball to the celebration of the Frenchman was nothing short of poetry. The look from United’s no. 7, and the hoist of the collar just about summed up the football renegade in 30 seconds. Image Source: Twitter
If people ask, are Liverpool, Man United’s greatest rivals? You only have to look as far as that Gary Neville celebration against the Merseyside club. Whether he was right or wrong, you couldn't help but let out a wry smile when G Nev celebrated in front of the Liverpool fans. It led to the United captain being charged £5,000. But, who could blame the right-back? Rio Ferdinand’s last-minute winner against Liverpool, no doubt made the fine well worth it. Image Source: Twitter
Robin van Persie
You won't see a better volley. Period. Image Source: Metro
’20, times, 20 times…’
This is an odd choice, but one Man United fans may never forget. The Reds were 3-0 down at Old Trafford, to LIVERPOOL, under David Moyes. Could there be a worst case scenario? You'd usually expect to hear a load of Mancs swearing to the away end, or ripping their chairs out. However, the Stretford End instead sang ’20 times, 20 times…’ for around 10 solid minutes. An amazing moment, in which history and tradition outweighed getting turned over 3-0 by the biggest enemy on home soil. Incredible. Image Source: Twitter
Welcome to 'Fergie Time'. The old boy was known for his ferocious watch-tapping as he chumps on the gum harder than a raver at some grimy festival. Big Stevie Bruce’s winner against, Sheffield Wednesday, seven minutes after the whistle had gone, to clinch the title, is the best possible introduction to the famous 'Fergie Time'. Brian Kidd’s celebration on the touchline wasn’t bad either. Image Source: Twitter
Who could ever forget the Scot's famous line in 1995, “You'll never win anything with kids”. We often see pundits eat their own words, but nothing has quite topped Hansen’s rant, followed by the infamous line. How wrong the pundit could be, as the ‘kids’ went on to a memorable title. Image Source: Twitter
"Nani crosses the ball from the touchline, and it's Rooneyyyyyyy!" Image Source: Twitter
Man United 8, Arsenal 2
The image of Fergie almost looking apologetic, and consoling Wenger on the touchline after the game was one of the pictures of 2011. Image Source: Twitter
One of the ‘kids’. The one leading the pack with a new haircut every day. That weekend against Wimbledon, the golden curtains decided to score one of the most famous Premier League goals ever. Image Source: Twitter
After Fergie coined the blue-half of Manchester, the Noisy Neighbours, what better way to silence them through a Liverpool legend - step up, Michael Owen. Image Source: Twitter
To be fair to Arsenal, the ‘2004 Invincibles’ was probably the best ever Premier League team. To go a whole season undefeated, highlighted the balance and brilliance Wenger had at his disposal. However, all that had to come to an end, and of course, it was at Old Trafford. The 2-0 victory for the Red Devils ended in real drama, with Cesc Fabregas, throwing Pizza at the United boss, and about a 22-man brawl in the tunnel. They don’t make rivalries like this anymore! Image Source: Twitter
Fergie’s last game at Old Trafford won’t be remembered as a classic, a 2-1 victory against Swansea. But the guard of honour, to the boss’s speech was an overwhelming occasion for United fans. A real moment of history at Man United, as the league waved goodbye to its greatest ever manager. Image Source: Twitter
Oh right, so Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are available, are they? Who told you this? Pretty close with Luka, are you, pal?
Absolutely tragic when former pros and managers, through a desire to still feel ‘wanted’ and relevant, they act like a cringeworthy ‘ITK’ account on Twitter.
For the record, Scholesy, journalists actually in the loop are saying that the Real Madrid pair are close to signing new deals with Los Blancos.
Now we’ve got the fact you want United to just spend more obscene amounts of money, talk about throwing good money over bad.
Sure, the Red Devils are in a situation were they could go out and spend another £150million, tomorrow. However, and I know football lacks respect and morals we attribute to everyday life, but how ignorant is that to just throw more eye-watering amounts at the problem?
Why not get Mourinho to earn his salt? Why not develop players? Why not address Pogba’s perceived weaknesses rather than blame everyone around him?
Oh yeah, why would Modric and Kroos leave the biggest club in world football? A club that they both start for.
Ignorance, lack of understanding – a lack of wanting to understand – self-serving comments and no worthwhile insight; the classic trademarks of a modern-day pundit.