There’s a saying about being judged by the quality of your enemies. Worthy foes make for worthy character. You get the idea.
If so, Paul Scholes was more than a worthy foe during his time at Manchester United. The retired midfielder and member of the feted “Class Of ‘92” was an integral part of United’s title-winning teams in the 90s and 00s, and, by extension, a consistent thorn in Liverpool’s side.
Like a lot of former players, Scholes’ next act after his retirement from football landed him on the telly. He’s been working as a studio analyst for BT Sport since 2014, where he usually sits down for Champions League and Europa League coverage. A few nights ago, following United’s Europa League fixture against Zorya Luhansk, Liverpool came up in conversation and Scholes volunteered that their renewed attacking play makes them a real threat to any team in the Premier League. He was then asked whether Liverpool were title contenders, to which he replied, essentially: yeah, sure, why not.
“I was a little bit worried about them defensively, but you have to say [with] the attacking quality they are showing at the minute, they look like they can score goals against anybody.”
He clarified that he doesn’t necessarily think they will win the league, just that they’re a dangerous side at the moment.
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