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A New Media Friendly Scholes

A New Media Friendly Scholes

During his playing career Paul Scholes was the quiet man of the United squad.

Despite being amongst the best of his kind and giving man-of-the-match performances on a regular basis, the Oldham-born Scholes was always very reluctant to get involved with the press and very rarely shared his opinions.

However, this week, Scholes appears to be making up for that.

Already Scholes, with the England World Cup squad appearing to be his focal point, has gone on record claiming that Wayne Rooney is past his best, something the England camp have rather vociferously denied and today Scholes has had a verbal pop at two more of the England squad, aiming vociferous barbs in the direction of Glen Johnson and Frank Lampard.

Talking about the Liverpool right-back, Johnson, Scholes has had this to say,

"The question mark is Johnson at right-back. It`s probably Phil Jones best position right now. Johnson had just two assists for Liverpool last season, so did not provide a genuine attacking threat, whatever the perception."

And with reference to Lampard has added,

"Not bringing Michael back is a mistake. If there`s an injury to Gerrard nobody jumps out to replace him."

"At a certain age, you cannot bomb forward any more."

"If you have the talent, you learn to stay back and dictate the pace of a match and your game."

"That is the big difference between Steven and Lampard."

"I`m not sure that Lampard has the ability to control a game. He`s always someone who`s up trying to score goals."

Now whilst it might be admirable for Scholes to champion the causes of both Phil Jones and Michael Carrick, am I the only one who is struggling to understand why Scholes has done a complete u-turn when it comes to speaking to the media.

Personally, I prefer the quiet lad from Oldham image, how about you?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Red Boy
Date:Friday May 30 2014
Time: 7:48AM


The lads just making up for lost time ;-) . Though it is odd to keep opening the paper to see Scholes have his opinions plastered over the back pages least he makes sense in what he says. Better him than some others I can think of who tend to spout nonsense.
30/05/2014 08:28:00
I've got no issue with Scholes coming out and speaking to the media just as long as his criticisms remain sensical and constructive. It's a breath of fresh air from the bias and misinformed tripe some pundits come out with. Yet again here Scholes has made two very solid points.

Despite Liverpool being impressive this season Johnson has been in poor form, offering little going forward and been non-existent, as always, defensively. To be honest I sometimes think his inclusion in the squad, much like Rooney's in ours, hinders the team more than it helps it. The right winger is suppose to be the attacking threat with the fullback offering support but this is the opposite when Johnson plays. His desire to attack but lack of interest tracking back essentially shackles the winger to provide cover for him as opposed to having free reign on the wing themselves. Jones may not have had the best of seasons this season either to be brutally honest but at least with him you can be comfortable in the knowledge that he won't leave you exposed defensively and will allow his winger to express themselves and provide the main attacking threat. Hopefully this time around Roy doesn't opt for the Milner-Johnson right flank that flopped in spectacular fashion last tournament.

Between Lampard and Carrick again you're picking and choosing between two over-the-hill players whom have both had, by their standards, poor seasons. Scholes is right though, if anything happens to Gerrard England then lack that playmaker who operated from deep looking to dictate the tempo and keep things ticking over. I understand Roys decision about taking Lampard because he's a leader and experienced but I don't agree with it. There's experienced leaders in Rooney and Lambert as well as Gerrard not to mention the players who have the potential to make great leaders in Hart, Jones and Wilshere I don't quite see the necessity in taking Lampard that Roy does. To be very ciritcial the reason Lampard is leaving Chelsea this season is because he's a one trick pony who's now too old to do that trick anymore. If he had adapted like Scholes said he would probably still be considered invaluable at Chelsea, possibly more key than he ever has been. For me Roy has taken a leader, something the team has in abundance, over someone who could've offered some genuine depth to the team.
30/05/2014 11:57:00
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