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Scholes puts the boot into Rodgers


Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes

PAUL Scholes has put the boot into Liverpool in advance of Sunday's Old Trafford showdown and called into question Brendan Rodgers's team selection policy.

"I can recall driving to Old Trafford in March to watch Liverpool play Manchester United and hearing the teams on the radio. Although United had Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in the side, it was Liverpool with Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling who sounded much the stronger of the two, and so it proved," he said.

"Brendan Rodgers is still picking up the pieces from another blow, the Champions League elimination by Basel. Last season I felt he had a confidence about him, and would pick attacking, positive teams. His selection on Tuesday was nothing like that."

"It was a game he needed to win and yet he picked a midfield of Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson and Lucas Leiva - all solid players but more than two from those three and the side feels defensive."

"Sterling aside, there was a real lack of pace in this Liverpool team. Both Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique struggled and you would expect that, on Sunday, United will attack the space between Johnson and Martin Skrtel where Basel got so much joy."

"United have the better attack of the two sides and Van Persie is in form. As far as Liverpool are concerned, for now I just cannot see from where they expect the goals to come."