Saturday 17 February 2018

Scholes admits sympathy for former team-mate Tevez

In the white noise brouhaha surrounding the Carlos Tevez affair, Paul Scholes offers a quiet word from another perspective; one which seeks to understand the player.

"I can see his point of view, yeah," says the recently retired Manchester United midfielder. "His state of mind will be that he's being messed around by the manager. And you could say he's got a case. He was far and away City's best player last year and he hasn't featured this season.

"He'll look at the Napoli game when they were struggling and he's only been brought on with 10 minutes to go, he'll see he's been left out of the Everton game, he'll watch (Mario) Balotelli coming in to the team instead of him and all that will rile him.

"He'll think the manager's taking the p*** out of him and he'll reckon this is the only way he has of making a point. I'm not saying it's right, of course it isn't. But I understand it."

Scholes himself has history in this department. In 2001, after being left out of a couple of Premier League games, he refused to play for a second-string United line-up in a Worthington Cup tie at Arsenal.

He recalls his state of mind precisely. Juan Sebastian Veron had just been signed, Scholes himself had been moved out of position and was alarmed that he might no longer be central to the cause.

"I regretted it immediately," he says. "It was a stupid thing to do. And I'm sure over time Carlos will come to regret what he did. Carlos wants to play every week. I remember when he was at this club, when there were four of Europe's top forwards here, he still thought he should be playing every week.

"It will be absolutely killing him sitting on the bench."

Irish Independent

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