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Jake Humphrey's still in the fast lane as BT Sport Premier League anchor

By Ali Gordon

Paul Scholes won't stop talking. And the former Manchester United midfielder won't hold back on the criticism, even for his old club insists BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey.

The former Formula One presenter is now BT Sport's Premier League anchor, rubbing shoulders with the likes of the talkative Scholes, Jose Mourinho and David Ginola.

"Paul Scholes is known as a quiet person but it's great to hear his opinion now and it's even better because he never normally said too much.

"He kept himself to himself and got the job done and now it's great to see a more vocal side to him," Humphrey told me.

Scholes slammed the Reds' midfield after their 2-1 defeat by Swansea last month and the 39-year-old has subsequently blasted United's poor midfield and Van Gaal's decision to sign Dutch defender Daley Blind.

"Paul Scholes has an incredible insight into working with Alex Ferguson. He's had all those years at Manchester United and then last year at Old Trafford he was coaching with Ryan Giggs so he has masses of opinion. He's very honest and I think the viewers like that.

"Football is our national sport and everyone talks about it and has their own opinion about it. As a broadcaster, it's great to be involved in something like that," added 35-year-old Humphrey.

Presenter Humphrey has also faced some tough criticism since his move to BT Sport.

"I just let it bounce off me and not bother me too much, it's part of the job.

"There's a Theodore Roosevelt quote that is always good to think about that says "nothing in the world is worth having or doing unless it means effort, pain and difficulty" and I think that's true, especially in this kind of job," he said.

The charismatic Humphrey, who cites BBC's Country File as his guilty pleasure, admitted that his life has turned upside down for the better since his move to BT Sport and the arrival of his daughter Florence, who he affectionately calls "a very cute alarm clock".

"My daughter is 16 months now so sleep is a distant memory but I'm so blessed. With Formula One, I travelled the world but, for me, this job just came along at the right time.

"It was a bit risky to be honest because when I joined BT Sport there was no studio, no pundits or anything. The whole thing was completely new to everyone involved.

"I love the joy and the thrill you get with it. In this profession, opportunities like this one don't come along very often so it's been fun to actually build it up from the start," Humphrey said, gleefully.

However, Humphrey is not willing to cut off all ties with Formula One just yet.

A self-confessed petrol head, Humphrey is confident that the sport would be warmly welcomed at BT Sport.

"Growing up in Norfolk, my uncle raced Superbikes and he really was a hero for me. I also lived near the Lotus factory as a child so cars became a sort of institution for me, I really loved and enjoyed them, and I still do."

An avid Norwich City fan, Humphrey is optimistic over his side's chances of gaining promotion to the Premier League.

"I think we'll do well. We have a talented squad and I think we could reach the play-offs. It'll be a challenge but I think we're up to it, definitely."

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