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Paul Scholes calls Luis Suarez selfish & lucky

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Paul Scholes has launched a scathing attack of Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, accusing the player of selfishness and attributing his success to luck.

The midfield legend held few friends on Merseyside during his playing days at Manchester United, and he is unlikely to have won more with his latest post on his popular Paddy Power blog.

Scholes claims that when he played for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, he and his teammates never worried about facing Suarez, claiming the player was too selfish to cause them concern.

Scholes, in his blog for Paddy Power, wrote: "In 2012/2013 Suarez was pretty selfish and missed too many chances for Liverpool.

"Thinking of my time at Man United we didn’t worry about Suarez much.

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"He'd barely get a kick at Old Trafford and I don’t remember any specific strategy to try to stop him playing, like we did with Park Ji-Sung on Andrea Pirlo in the Champions League, for example.

"Suarez is a lucky player. The ball seems to bounce off him into the right place. Luck or skill – he gets breaks other forwards don’t."

Improvements

Scholes' comments have come out of the blue, especially considering the player scored 31 Premier League goals last season with Liverpool, helping them to a second place finish behind Manchester City.

His performances earned him the PFA Player of the Year award and Scholes respects that Suarez altered his ways, leading to his drastic improvement.

The ex-England ace said: "Last season Suarez changed his game and wasn’t just thinking about himself. It made him a better player, especially in his partnership with Daniel Sturridge.

"His performances against Man United changed too – the 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford, where Suarez scored, was a horror show from my perspective."

England

Scholes was speaking ahead of Suarez's game against England on Thursday, where he is expected to return from a knee injury to try to inspire Uruguay to a famous win.

The Manchester United legend has told England manager Roy Hodgson, who has questioned Suarez's ability, to be careful of what he says about the striker, who has defied his critics in the past.

He said: "Roy Hodgson has questioned whether Suarez is world class yet and challenged him to do it at the highest level.

"This can be a dangerous thing: ask David Moyes. Before Everton played Liverpool in October 2012 I remember Moyes had a pop at Suarez over his diving. A few days later Suarez celebrated a goal by diving in front of Moyes in the dug-out.

"Suarez says he’s ‘100% fit’ now. But is he fit enough? However 100% he feels after training, playing matches at this level is completely different – England could get lucky in this regard."

Wilshere

Paul Scholes hasn't hesitated to criticise rival players in the past and hit the headlines towards the end of last season for a similar attack on Arsenal's Jack Wilshere.

Scholes accused the England midfielder of failing to develop since first emerging on the scene as a teenager, but failed to take into account his problems with injury.

Wilshere later claimed he had tracked the Manchester United legend down so he could explain his comments, claiming Gary Neville gave him his phone number.

But Scholes isn't just out to attack Manchester United's rivals. He did heap praise on Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson last month, calling him England's diamond ahead of their World Cup campaign.

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