Paul Scholes was never one for the limelight as a player, however since retiring the Ginger Prince has began doing more and more work in the media. Back in March he appeared on Sky Sports as a pundit, and this morning we were treated to a blog written by him for Paddy Power.
He kicked things off by praising David de Gea’s performances in goal for the club this season, and claimed that our young keeper is the only player who can come out of this season with any credit.
Scholes then began to talk about England’s talismanic figure Wayne Rooney, as the World Cup is obviously fast approaching.
“He’s got a brilliant scoring record for his country with 38 goals in 89 internationals, but he’s played in eight World Cup games without a goal. You expect more of him. If Wayne is going to be one of the best footballers in the world, this World Cup is where he has to produce” Scholes said.
He added that Wayne Rooney probably feels the pressure of playing for his country, and Scholes added that he himself never performed the way he would’ve liked for his country. The ex-midfielder added that Roy Hodgson should have the strength to drop Rooney if he doesn’t pick up his form for the Three Lions quickly, and suggested that Rooney, 28, could well take over Scholes’ midfield spot in the Manchester United team as he matures.
Next up on the agenda for Scholes was Ed Woodward, firstly Scholes stated that he probably wouldn’t be at United next season:
“I’ve not spoken to Edward Woodward. I came back for Ryan Giggs for the last few games to try to help out but I’m not waiting for a phonecall and don’t expect to be at Old Trafford next season.”
Whilst its sad that another member of the Class of 92 looks like leaving Old Trafford for the time being, Louis van Gaal should be given the chance to bring in his own staff members, similarly to David Moyes.
Scholes added that Ed Woodward has to prove his worth, and quickly to Manchester United. Woodward is credited with the disappointing summer last year in which United only managed to bring Marouane Fellaini into the club, for a huge £27.5m fee.
“Edward Woodward has an awful lot to prove this time that he’s good enough at his job.” He said. “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.”
Rather surprisingly, Scholes didn’t hold back. He finished by suggesting that Manchester United need at least five players to get back to former glories, and that adding Toni Kroos to the squad would definitely be a start.
“The first player I’d bring in is Toni Kroos. He’s a top-class central midfield player but United need five or six to get anywhere near the top of the Premier League again.” Scholes said.