Jack Wilshere's response to a stinging attack from Paul Scholes has impressed another Manchester United legend from the 'Class of '92' and he sees it as a promising sign for the Arsenal man's future.
Wilshere revealed this week that he had sought out a conversation with Scholes after the former Old Trafford midfielder criticised the Gunners on live television and claimed the young midfielder had not progressed enough since bursting onto the scene as a teenager. However, Wilshere insisted he was not angry at Scholes, but was surprised at the public nature of the criticism and wanted to hear more from him.
Gary Neville believes this measured response from the man many believe will become Arsenal captain in the not too distant future was a good sign and showed a new level of maturity. It is this kind of levelheadedness over criticism and evaluating of his development that the England coach and ex-Manchester United captain believes is what the best players in the world possess.
“The way in which he has handled the conversation he had with Scholes and how he has talked about it this week shows a mature man who isn’t sitting there whinging," said Neville in his EA Sports column.
"He’s fronted up to it and that’s what I like about him."
It was Neville who put Wilshere in touch with Scholes, as the 22-year-old revealed he had contacted the Sky Sports pundit on Twitter to get the retired midfielder's telephone number. Neville also felt that the mere fact Scholes made a comment publicly about the Arsenal man is sign of how much he admires his talent.
“When Paul Scholes speaks about you, it’s a compliment," added Neville.
“While Scholes’ words may have come across as critical, he wouldn’t even bother speaking about 99.9 per cent of football players; he wouldn’t give them the time of day. I know how much he rates Wilshere though.”
It has been a difficult season for Wilshere at Emirates Stadium, as he has been dogged by injuries most of the term and has only just returned from a broken bone in his foot. He is unlikely to start for Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday afternoon, but his recovery has come just in time for him to be included in the England World Cup squad for the tournament in Brazil this summer.