Paul Scholes wants to quit BT Sport for a coaching role at Manchester United [MEN]

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Paul Scholes wants to return to Manchester United as a coach, the Manchester Evening News report.

The outspoken BT Sport pundit hasn’t been shy to criticise United during the Louis van Gaal reign but few would argue that his points have been invalid or come from a bitter place.

Scholes had a brief coaching stint with United after David Moyes was sacked in April 2014, coming back to help his old friend Ryan Giggs and take up a role in the backroom staff. He’s keen to kickstart his coaching career.

United have been oddly distant with Scholes despite his standing at the club. There are theories that Ed Woodward doesn’t want to give the Class of 92 too many key roles at United for fear of a power struggle.

A proud man, the Ginger Prince would happily give up his BT Sport role for a job at Old Trafford but won’t ask for anything from United. Perhaps Van Gaal’s successor will bring him into the fold.

Ferdinand & Scholes lay into Man United again, after Newcastle draw (Video)

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Rio Ferdinand was not impressed with Manchester United, and voiced his feelings after the draw at Newcastle.

Quite simply, the former Manchester United centre back does not feel his current side have the consistency to challenge.

Looking ahead to their next eight games, Ferdinand is unsure where United stand and highlighted the importance of Sunday’s game at Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Paul Scholes was less harsh than on Saturday but feels the coming games look very tricky.

Scholes ruled out a Premier League title challenge but a top four finish is a “definite possibility”.

Paul Scholes & Rio Ferdinand criticised Man United again pre Newcastle (Video)

Paul Scholes & Rio Ferdinand criticised Man United again pre Newcastle (Video)

The problem for Manchester United, after decades of dominance, much like Liverpool before them, is that the majority of pundits on TV hold close links to Old Trafford.

Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand are two of the most high profile pundits in English football and it seems we are featuring the former Manchester United pair on a regular basis.

Before Manchester United’s match at Newcastle on Tuesday, Ferdinand and Scholes simply pointed out that no one is scared of Louis van Gaal’s side anymore…

Paul Scholes absolutely laid into LVG post Man United 1 – Sheffield United 0 (Video)

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Standing in the rain at Old Trafford, after Manchester United 1 – Sheffield United 0, Paul Scholes gave an epic post-match analysis which absolutely laid into Louis van Gaal.

As has been pointed out by many on social media, the Paul Scholes post-match analysis of the FA Cup 3rd round match was more entertaining than watching Manchester United play.

Scholes questioned the tactics utilised by Louis van Gaal and also wondered about the players that appear to be going backwards under the Dutch coach at Old Trafford.

The likes of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera were cited as “square pegs in round holes” and it is difficult to disagree with Scholes.

Perhaps it is time for Scholes’ great mate Ryan Giggs to take over?

Defeats at Newcastle and Liverpool in upcoming matches could put LVG under yet more pressure…

Paul Scholes slammed Man United during Sheffield United match (Video)

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As much as Paul Scholes points out that no one will be too surprised by Manchester United’s display in the first half against Sheffield United, equally, no-one will be too shocked to hear what the former Manchester United playmaker had to say.

Scholes slammed United after a very dull first half and questioned how much “quality” Louis van Gaal has at his disposal.

The former Manchester United midfielder also hails the first half performance of Sheffield United.

It didn’t get much better from there in the second half…

Paul Scholes conveniently skips over Rooney’s reckless kick out v Chelsea (Video)

As stated in previous articles, the presence of so many ex-Manchester United players in the punditry game creates a conflict of interest where United games are concerned.

Especially when said pundits have only recently retired and played with many of the players they’re now paid to critique.

So it’s fascinating to see how Paul Scholes continually criticizes Louis van Gaal, but lets his former teammates off the hook.

Rather than criticize Wayne Rooney for his reckless kick on Oscar and point out that he should have been given a red card, Scholesy conveniently skipped over it, quickly noting that it ‘wasn’t a great tackle’.

A euphemism if ever there was one.

The Grinch: Watch Paul Scholes’ brilliant reaction to BT Sport’s cringey Christmas promo (video)

BT Sport have released a new promo video advertising live fixtures over the Christmas period.

The advert features the likes of Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, and Michael Owen acting rather cringe worthy as the former Premier League footballers turned BT Sport pundits jump in the air above the text promoting the upcoming festive games.

The best part of the advert by a mile, is Paul Scholes’ reaction to seeing his fellow pundits take part in the video.

Click on the video below to check it out.

Livid Paul Scholes calls Manchester United an average team (Video)

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Louis van Gaal’s number one critic, Paul Scholes, pulled no punches in his post match analysis after manchester United were dumped out the Champions League at Wolfsburg.

United lost 3-2 in Germany to get relegated into the Europa League.

After the match Scholes labelled his beloved side “an average team”, while he recalled how United had “no quality” in the previous match against PSV at Old Trafford.

It’s hard to argue with that.

Watch Paul Scholes’ brutal assessment on Man United below.

Gary Neville is more than prepared for criticism from former Man United teammates (Video)

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Gary Neville is prepared for criticism from his former Manchester United teammates in his first foray into management. The new Valencia boss will welcome comments from the likes of Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand.

Neville has done his fair share of criticising over the last few years as a Sky Sports pundit but he feels that he’s always fair with his comments and expects the same from pundits analysing his coaching.

He takes charge of his first Champions League game tomorrow night against Lyon.

Paul Scholes knocked for selective memory & his Man United’s criticisms in excellent Irish Times op-ed

An editorial in today’s Irish Times from journalist Ken Early to today getting a lot of attention from Manchester United fans.

In recent weeks and months, Louis van Gaal’s side have been repeatedly labelled as boring and too slow by fans and pundits alike.

While many people have been voicing similar opinions, particularly in the wake of back to back draws with PSV (0-0) and Leicester (1-1), perhaps the most prominent critic has been Paul Scholes.

For a man who kept schtum for his entire career, Scholes has revealed his witty and laser sharp opinions on TV as a regular commentator. He’s also repeatedly called out Van Gaal’s side, like many other United fans.

Ken Early has now hit back.

In an excellent counter argument, the journalist makes two key points: firstly the good old days of Man United are generally a myth, while Louis van Gaal’s struggles at Old Trafford can be compared to Pep Guardiola’s experience at Bayern.

You are encouraged to read the full article, but the choice extracts are below:

The curious thing about Scholes’s excellent opinions is how often they seem to be totally divorced from reality… Maybe success has a tendency to scramble the brain, because those of us who watched from the outside remember it differently.

Take for instance the United team of 2008-9, whose attack featured Cristiano Ronaldo, a young and energetic Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez, and Dimitar Berbatov. They won the Premier League with 90 points, yet their tally of 68 league goals was only four more than United scored in the David Moyes season. The reason they were so successful was that they went four whole months without conceding a goal in the league. Fourteen of their 44 wins that season were by 1-0.

Coaches like van Gaal and Guardiola see the game differently. The “boring, sideways passing” in midfield that Scholes complains about is, for them, an essential element of good attacking play. Passing in midfield is how you disrupt your opponents’ organisation. Guardiola told the journalist Marti Perarnau that “If there isn’t a sequence of 15 passes first, it’s impossible to carry out the transition between defence and attack. Impossible.”

Ken Early has continued the discussion on Twitter. Read the comments below.

Paul Scholes thinks Man United haven’t been as hard to watch lately because of Jesse Lingard (Video)

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Paul Scholes hasn’t held back in his criticism of Louis van Gaal’s turgid Manchester United side recently.

A United legend himself, Scholes gave credit where it was due before the Premier League giants took on PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League and admitted that their play has improved in recent weeks.

United are looking more fluid in attack and they’re creating more chances of late. Scholes thinks that the emergence of Jesse Lingard has been crucial to this shift in attacking play.

Hear the midfield great praise the attacker in the video below.

Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo? Who should Man United sign? (Fletch & Sav video)

Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo? Who should Man United sign? [Fletch & Sav]

Even before the humbling 4-0 defeat for Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday night, at the hands of Barcelona, the futures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were being discussed.

Specifically, on the Fletch & Sav show before Manchester United played Watford on BT Sport on Saturday lunchtime.

The likes of Graham Taylor, Glenn Hoddle, Paul Scholes and Michael Owen all gave their thoughts, specifically who should Manchester United sign of the Real Madrid Galactico pair.

Both Savage and Scholes question whether either world star would get the ball if they were playing in Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United side.

Michael Owen reckons Paul Scholes would still be one of the best players in Premier League now (Video)

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After showing that he definitely ‘still had it’ during the UNICEF all-star game, Manchester United fans would be forgiven for wishing they still had Paul Scholes in their ranks.

The midfielder retired in 2013 but he’s worth coaxing out of retirement, says Michael Owen.

A former teammate to Scholes for club and country, Owen was asked if he could still cut it in the lower divisions and responded by saying the 41-year-old would still be one of the best players in the Premier League.

He’s not the only one who thinks this. Hear who shares his opinion in the video below.

Van Gaal reminds ‘Mr Scholes’ that he won ‘everything’ playing attacking football at Ajax

Louis van Gaal’s to and fro war of words with Paul Scholes has become an interesting sideshow at Manchester United.

The recently retired Mancunian legend has been a constant thorn in Van Gaal’s side, criticising him from his pundit’s chair for neglecting to play ‘the Man United way’.

Van Gaal has imposed a very slow and patient ‘philosophy’ at United, which is anathema to Scholes, who grew up playing a swashbucklin style under Sir Alex Ferguson.

United’s style has dramatically shifted under Van Gaal; instead of incisive forward passing, they’ve become synonymous with sideways and backward passing, and Scholes isn’t having it, even if the team is producing reasonable results.

Speaking at the LMA annual conference this week, Van Gaal cheekily trolled Scholes with a reminder of how his Ajax team played:

‘We won everything with very attacking football. I don’t say it too much because otherwise Mr Scholes will be very angry!’

(Via Mail)

Louis van Gaal jokes about Paul Scholes & attacking football, plus how much he earns at United [Telegraph]

The Telegraph’s Ben Rumsby has today produced quotes from an exclusive interview with Louis van Gaal.

The Man United manager comes across as jovial, jokey and generally relaxed in the conversation with the broadsheet.

In particular, Van Gaal discussed his football career in Holland, being a father to two girls, how he got success at Ajax, why he bangs on about “philosophy”, and much more.

One suspects that the main quotes which will be pulled from the interview include Van Gaal’s joke about Paul Scholes and playing attacking football, plus his comments that he gets paid a lot of money for doing a lot of delegating at Man United.

The Red Devils are currently fourth in the table behind Man City, Arsenal and Leicester.

United will travel towards London on Saturday, when they take on Watford in the Premier League.

The best quotes from Louis van Gaal’s interview with the Telegraph are below:

I have played at the highest level in the Netherlands, until I was 32. But I was not a top player.

I know that when you analyse yourself, that you cannot be a top player. So, I knew in advance that I shall be maybe a very good trainer-coach.

We didn’t have any money (at Ajax) and we were bankrupt, so I had to look to youth. We scouted [Jari] Litmanen, a Finnish player, who we bought for £10,000. We also bought Finidi George. He was a Nigerian international. He was £3,000. I paid it by myself! And then, we bought Marc Overmars.

But the names that you do remember are [Clarance] Seedorf, [Patrick] Kluivert, [Michael] Reiziger. We won everything with very attacking football. I don’t say it too much because otherwise Mr Scholes will be very angry! [Laughs]

When you see my press conferences, I’m discussing a lot my philosophy. Sometimes, the media is not very proud of it. But, sometimes, they are firmly crazy for it because I explain a lot.

It takes always a little bit of time to transfer the message. I’m training in the brain – a lot of things in the brain – because football is not a sport of legs, it is a sport of brain, and tactics. So, that takes a lot of time.

I’m from a time where you [the manager] did everything. Now I’m the manager and I have a sports science department, I have a scouting department, I have a medical department, I have assistant managers, I have assistant coaches.

I don’t do anything – nothing! I delegate. I delegate, and I earn a lot of money [Laughs].

Man United’s Andreas Pereira takes to Instagram to praise Paul Scholes on birthday

Man United midfielder Andreas Pereira took to social media to praise idol Paul Scholes who celebrates his 41st birthday today.

The midfield maestro is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time, with many labeling the now 41-year-old as one of the greatest midfielders ever.

The former England international became one of the most successful footballers in history with United, having won a total of 25 trophies, featuring 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles, and it seems that Reds fans will always have a special place in their hearts for the little magician.

Despite getting older it seems that the midfielder hasn’t lost a step.

Scholes got on the scoresheet as a Great Britain & Ireland XI side triumphed 3-1 over a Rest of the World XI, in the David Beckham led charity match in aid of UNICEF at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The former midfielder’s performance over the weekend brought back some great memories for the Old Trafford crowd, but may have also reminded Reds fans of what they sorely lack at the moment, a midfield maestro.

One player who would love to emulate Scholes’ career at United is Brazilian youngster Andreas Pereira who on Monday took to Instagram to praise the legendary United midfielder.

Happy B-day Genius !! Still a fan of u !! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

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Man United post classy birthday message to Paul Scholes on Instagram (video)

Manchester United clearly have a lot of love and respect for club legend Paul Scholes.

The Manchester side have taken to social media on Monday to post a classy message to their former player on the occasion of his 41st birthday.

The midfield maestro is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time, with many labeling the now 41-year-old as one of the greatest midfielders ever.

The former England international became one of the most successful footballers in history with United, having won a total of 25 trophies, featuring 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles, and it seems that Reds fans will always have a special place in their hearts for the little magician.

The midfielder celebrates his 41st birthday on Monday, but it seems that although he’s got older he hasn’t missed a step.

Scholes got on the scoresheet as a Great Britain & Ireland XI side triumphed 3-1 over a Rest of the World XI, in the David Beckham led charity match in aid of UNICEF at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The former midfielder’s performance over the weekend brought back some great memories for the Old Trafford crowd, but may have also reminded Reds fans of what they sorely lack at the moment, a midfield maestro.

Take a look at Man United’s birthday greeting below.

Happy birthday, Paul Scholes! #mufc

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Paul Scholes has another pop at Van Gaal’s philosophy, says Man United need goals instead

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has taken another public swipe at Louis van Gaal this weekend.

Scholes was speaking at a charity event at Hotel Football, and his quotes has since been written down and re-reported.

It’s worth assuming that, due to the event, Scholes was shooting from the hip and just speaking his mind. He said:

It hasn’t been great for 13 months, but I better not say too much because Louis might be listening. There’s been talk of a philosophy, a process. For me, Manchester United don’t need a philosophy.

The fans want to see attacking football and goals. That’s the Manchester United way.

On the plus side, Scholes did credit Van Gaal with the development of Jesse Lingard in the team. Lingard has since received his first call up for the England national side after injuries to Jamie Vardy and Michael Carrick.

On Lingard, Scholes said:

It’s been good to see Jesse Lingard in the team. It’s good to see a young lad come through the ranks and do well. I thought he was United’s best player against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League recently.

Manchester United are currently fourth in the Premier League, behind Man City, Arsenal and Leicester.

The Red Devils travel to Watford on Saturday in the league.

Paul Scholes nutmegs Chelsea’s John Terry, the Man United crowd loves it (Video)

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A quality video was recorded in the warm up at Old Trafford before the Unicef ‘Match for Children’ on Saturday.

Former Man United legend Paul Scholes was back on the pitch, and the ginger genius warmed up with a group of players from his team in a messy game of rondo.

As the structure broke down, Scholes mugged off Chelsea centre-half John Terry with a cheeky nutmeg.

The Man United crowd loved it!

Watch the fan cam video below.

Paul Scholes nutmegs John Terry, and the crowd loves it…

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Man United legend Paul Scholes nearly scored a glorious lob in UNICEF match (Video)

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Those at Old Trafford on Saturday were treated to a fair few legends as David Beckham’s charity match produced a 3-1 win for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.

The goals were all scored by ex-Manchester United players, Paul Scholes and Michael Owen (2) for the side in red, with Dwight Yorke notching for the Rest of the World side.

Late on the UNICEF charity match was denied what would have been a glorious goal from Paul Scholes.

The Manchester United legend chipped the ball onto the bar with Raimond van der Gouw beaten all ends up…

Ander Herrera wants Paul Scholes to teach him how to be a ‘complete player’ [Quotes]

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Manchester United fan favourite Ander Herrera will endear himself to supporters even further with his latest comments about club legend Paul Scholes.

One of the best midfielders of all time, Scholes was a standout player in his generation and commanded respect from the very best players in the world.

With the stereotype of an archetypal British footballer being that he can be tough and hard-working, rather than technically brilliant and tactically intelligent, players like Scholes are highly respected.

Herrera was quoted by United’s official website gushing about the former great recently.

He called Scholes the complete footballer (although he famously couldn’t tackle) and brought up a game which exhibited all of the midfielder’s qualities.

“I remember Paul Scholes as a player who could defend, who could attack, who could pass, who could tackle, who could do everything. He was a complete player.

“I know it’s difficult as there is only one Paul Scholes but I try to do similar things sometimes. I try to learn from him. I try to score, try to defend and try to win balls back.

“When you are thinking of one midfielder in Manchester United’s history, he comes to mind. I remember the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.

“United won 1-0 and he scored a fantastic goal but it was not only the goal as he played so well. I was impressed and that is why I see him as an example. I would like to have a chance to speak with him to teach me and maybe I can ask him some things to help me improve.”

A wonderfully talented midfielder, Herrera has already shown his penchant for finding the back of the net, scoring 11 goals in 41 appearances, as well as picking out a pass with his terrific vision.

Paul Scholes tears into Louis van Gaal again: Man United play boring, sideways football (Video)

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes voiced his concerns about the direction the club is heading in under Louis van Gaal again on BT Sport tonight.

United are aiming to end a run of three successive games without scoring when they host CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. Scholes wants his old club to flourish but didn’t sound too hopeful.

He sympathises with the players, including under-fire Wayne Rooney, claiming that Sergio Aguero would struggle to score goals in this United side due to their ‘boring, sideways football’.

Listen to Scholes assess United in the video below.

Louis van Gaal’s pre-Palace presser turns into debate on Paul Scholes (Video)

Paul Scholes has spoken more about Manchester United in his brief retirement than in his entire career as a player for the club.

The club legend has become a vocal critic of the Van Gaal regime, and was up on his soap box again this week, criticizing the Dutchman’s slow and patient buildup style, saying that it doesn’t fit with the club’s ethos.

Van Gaal is sick of hearing about Scholes’ opinion, but he had to hear plenty more at his press conference today, which descended into a glorified debate about Scholes – they seemed to discuss Scholes for the entire 10 minutes.

Paul Scholes: Man United, Arsenal have too many foreign youth players, defends Wayne Rooney (Audio)

Paul Scholes has given an interesting interview with BBC Radio Manchester in which the ex-pro has spoken out about the lack of good, young English talent at teams like Man United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Scholes went further adding he wouldn’t like to play under Louis van Gaal, criticising the style and attacking intent of the current team.

While he called out United’s problems up front, Scholes chose to defend Wayne Rooney’s role as the main striker this season.

Scholes believes Rooney’s movement is still brilliant, while the bigger problem is the fact that the supporting players aren’t providing Rooney with good chances.

Listen to Paul Scholes’s interview below.

Man United legends Giggs, Butt, Scholes & the Nevilles go up against Salford City in training (Video)

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A brilliant segment from the upcoming BBC documentary on how five members from Man United’s ‘Class of 92’ bought Salford City has today come online.

Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Phil and Gary Neville all bought in to take over Salford last season, and the documentary covers the story.

In the segment, things start with Gary Neville and Paul Scholes watching their first game together and talking about the club’s hopes for the season.

Later on in the film, the Man United legends took on the Salford City lads in training, which included class moments when Nicky Butt showed his tenacious spirit, while Gary Neville held up play to go over a play on the TV cameras.

Watch the clip below.

Thierry Henry says Man United’s Paul Scholes is the best player in Premier League history (Video)

Sat on the couch with Kay Burley in the Sky News studio today, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry gave an interesting interview in which he spoke heavily about confidence and gay footballers.

Henry was at one point asked about his favourite Premier League player over the past 15 years and without hesitation he chose Paul Scholes.

The Manchester United central midfielder “didn’t get the credit he deserved” according to Thierry Henry with the pundit suggesting he would build his team around Paul Scholes.

Try and ignore the fact that Kay Burley completely f***ed up the question by calling Thierry “Arsene”.

Paul Scholes: Man United had ‘no quality, no movement’ in the first half v CSKA (Video)

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes pulled no punches at halftime on Wednesday night.

Manchester United went into the break in Moscow trailing CSKA 1-0, after the Red Devils had shot themselves in the foot giving away a penalty.

At the internal, Scholes lambasted his old team, accusing them of “no quality, no movement”.

Scholes also wondered if United’s poor performance was due to instructions gone wrong from Louis van Gaal.

Scholes finished his rant wondering if he’d seen a pass to Wayne Rooney.

Watch trailer for Class of ’92 – Out of their League ft. Man United legends Gary Neville & Paul Scholes (Video)

After featuring documentaries of Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson, the BBC are continuing their series of features with the “Class of ’92 – Out of their League”.

The camera follow the activities of Salford FC, who were recently bought taken over by a consortium which includes a group of Man United old boys.

Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and brothers Phil and Gary Neville bought the non-league outfit, and the programme documents their first year at the helm.

Watch the trailer for “Class of ’92 – Out of their League” below.

Man United legend Paul Scholes scores stunning 35-yard strike for All Star EPL Masters (video)

It’s safe to say that Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has still got it.

The former midfield maestro who has been lauded by the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Xavi as being being one of the best players of all time, was at it again during the EPL Masters tour in Hong Kong last night.

Watch as the 40-year-old runs on to the ball before unleashing a powerful 35-yard strike into the bottom left hand corner.

It feels just like old times.