Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 1 February 2015

Biting Back: What would happen if Scholes, Gary Neville and Roy Keane were put in a room together with the cameras rolling?

Paul Scholes
Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes' verbal volley on Tuesday night raised an intriguing "what if". As in, what would happen if he, Gary Neville and Roy Keane were put in a room together with the cameras rolling?

One thing is for sure: David Moyes' name would be raised, and along with it would be more than a few home truths. Contractual obligations dictate that the meeting would never happen, of course, but we can but wonder.

Scholes' stint in the pundit's chair before and after the Manchester derby surprised many, because he has never been known for his strong opinions.

His former team-mates Keane and Neville seemed naturals for television work, given their propensity to speak out as players.

But Scholes was – is – an enigma. Although he turns 40 in November, he still looks like a moody teenager. The sort that sat in the corner sullenly at school while drawing violent images on his pencil case.

But he showed on Tuesday night, as he looked through his eyebrows, barely raising his head to make eye contact with the host, Ed Chamberlin, that he can deliver a swift kick to the proverbials.

He skewered Marouane Fellaini ("for the money they paid for him, I'd be expecting a lot more...") before letting rip on Arsenal's players "going missing" in their "tippy-tappy" way of playing.

After 20 years of letting his imperious football do all the talking, people are suddenly hanging onto Scholes' every word.


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