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Alan Green: Poor tackles take shine off Scholes

Seeing Ryan Giggs equal and then surpass Sir Bobby Charlton’s appearance record made me question my long-standing view that Roy Keane is the best Premier League footballer I’d ever seen - so much for my alleged bias against Manchester United.

Then I witnessed, in a quite incredible cameo appearance by Paul Scholes late on Saturday afternoon, two sublime passes - one, ironically, for Giggs, the other for Wayne Rooney.

I felt anguish that Scholes, by his personal choice, was no longer available to play for England and that he, too, deserved ranking in terms of the best players of the last 20 years.

However, he also committed not one but two shocking challenges on Arsenal players, either of which, on its own, merited him being sent off. It is utterly ridiculous that he was shown only a single yellow card by referee Chris Foy.

No, Scholes shouldn’t rank with the best because of his lack of discipline. And the shame is that he is too old, at 36, to ever learn.

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