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Alan Green: Pity is Scholes ‘knows’ what he is doing

Certain referees have been rightly criticised this season for failing to send players off when they should have done — Mark Clattenburg/Wayne Rooney, Phil Dowd/Jamie Carragher and Martin Atkinson/David Luiz. And I’m sure I’ve forgotten other obvious cases.

Therefore, to counter that, praise is surely due to Mike Dean who wasn’t distracted by the occasion or the stage at Wembley on Saturday and showed a red card to Paul Scholes.

It was a disgraceful, injury-threatening challenge on Pablo Zabaleta: like far too many that have disfigured the career of a brilliant midfield player.

This will probably be Scholes’ last season. He will mostly be remembered for his outstanding passing, his phenomenal work-rate and, though it hasn’t been so evident in recent seasons, his goal scoring. Unfortunately, any honest assessment of him will always require a ‘but’ . . .

Far too often, you’re left to wonder if he goes in to injure an opponent rather than just take the ball off him. And it isn’t that he ‘can’t tackle’: Scholes ‘knows’ what he’s doing. And that’s such a pity.

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