Tuesday 21 January 2020

My point about Rooney was it was mad to play him on left - Scholes

Paul Scholes

I was not pleased with the way in which my comments about Wayne Rooney in my World Cup column for Paddy Power were projected over the summer. I played with Wayne for 10 years at United and I know what a good player he is and I am glad he has been made captain. The point I was trying to make was that I don't think he should be played out wide for England.

In his younger days he could get away with it. He was younger, he was fresher, he was fitter. He could get up and down without a problem. It was still not his best position but he could do it. I feel he is at that stage in his career where, if he is playing in an attacking position, he has to be a centre-forward. People seem to think I was saying he was finished. I don't speak to Wayne so I am just hoping he read the full article. As Wayne himself said over the summer, we don't have each other's phone numbers. To be quite honest, there's hardly any people I speak to on the phone from the club.

I have been lucky to play with Wayne. What a player he has been for United and what a player he continues to be. The point I was trying to make was that he should not be played wide, and I was proved right by the Italy game. We go to a World Cup with a centre-forward scoring goals and we play him left wing. In what other country does the centre-forward and best goal scorer play on the left wing? None of them.

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