Tuesday 10 December 2019

Scholes: I don’t expect to be at United next season

Paul Scholes with Paddy Power Editorial Manager Paul Mallon
Paul Scholes with Paddy Power Editorial Manager Paul Mallon
Paul Scholes says he does not expect to be at old Trafford next season
Paul Scholes
Paul Scholes

PAUL Scholes has said that he has not heard from vice-chairman Ed Woodward and does not expect to be at the club next season.

In a forthright new column with bookmaker Paddy Power, the Old Trafford legend gave an insight into his thoughts on a disastrous season within the club.

Scholes made over 700 appearances for United, the third-highest number of appearances by any player for the club and was part of the temporary backroom team employed by Ryan Giggs after taking over from Moyes as interim manager until the end of the Premier League season. 

In the wide-ranging column, Scholes says that he does not expect to be at the club next season, that David Moyes deserved more time in the job and vice-chairman Woodward has a lot to prove after a difficult first season in Manchester.

 “I’ve not spoken to (vice-chairman) Edward Woodward. I came back for Ryan Giggs for the last few games of last season to try to help out but I’m not waiting for a phone call and don’t expect to be at United next season,” the former England international said.

Scholes pointed to failings in last summer’s transfer market and says Woodward must share some of the blame, suggesting unless he can improve in making significant signings than United will continue to struggle.

“David Moyes took a lot of stick, but I believe he’s a top manager. I’d question if 10 months was enough time.”

“Edward Woodward has an awful lot to prove this time that he’s good enough at his job.

“He has to bring the players in that the new manager wants. It’s obvious that last year he didn’t manage to do that. If he doesn’t we are not going to get anywhere near the top.”

The 11-time Premier League winner also discussed how he believes England can get the best out of Wayne Rooney saying:

“Wayne wants all the responsibility to score,” his former team-mate said.

“He’ll try to play left back, right back. Sometimes he does that too much instead of saving himself and his energy for what his teams need – the ball in the net. He needs to use his energy more effectively now as he’s a player who likes to be up front on his own and I don’t think he’s great with partnerships.”

 “To get the very best from Wayne in Rio, the manager needs to tell him: ‘Don’t bother running back. Stay up top. Stay centre forward. Score goals. That’s your job in my team.’”

Scholes says he is "delighted to sign up to Paddy Power,  with their no nonsense approach" and will contribute a series of exclusive columns to the Paddy Power Blog throughout the World Cup in which he’ll candidly discuss the key matches, tactics and England’s chances, while steering clear of football clichés.

“With zero Twitter followers and the lowest number of post-match interviews in history, Paul will give our readers and customers a peerless level of bullshit-free insight and originality on the World Cup," Paul Mallon, Editorial Manager for Paddy Power, said of the deal.

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