He may have been a driving force when it comes to any success Manchester City have enjoyed during their new era at the summit of English football, but Yaya Toure has at least one critic in Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.
Scholes slams Toure
The big Ivorian hasn’t looked his usual scintillating best so far this term and Red Devils hero Scholes, who hung up his boots for good when Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down in 2013, has blasted him for his performances, particularly during City’s 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League this week.
Toure was part of the team which suffered defeat at the Allianz Arena thanks to Jerome Boateng’s last minute goal, and Scholes feels that he didn’t do enough to help his team keep a clean sheet.
The ex-England international commented that he thought Toure merely ambled about during the clash and said that the midfielder’s lack of defensive work has become a “major problem” for Manuel Pellegrini.
The City star, who scored 20 Premier League goals for his club last season, recently signed a new four-year at the Etihad having been earmarked for a shock switch in the press.
Paris Saint-Germain and even United were said to be interested in paying a hefty fee to lure Toure away from City, with his ability to change games having become a staple of his appearances in recent season. Allegations that he was miffed over not having been given a birthday cake by his club seemed to be a little way off the mark but subsequent comments from his agent made it seem feasible that he could indeed leave if the right offer came in.
Nevertheless, as was to be expected, no official offers came in for his services, and he remains one of Pellegrini's favoured individuals.
Demichelis comments on Van Gaal
Naturally a Man United favourite hitting out at a City rival is nothing new, and Scholes’s comments come after Martin Demichelis took the time to hit out at Louis van Gaal.
The Argentine centre-back said that Van Gaal’s arrival to the Bayern Munich squad he was part of in 2009 made the club “stink”, and warned that his presence at Old Trafford might not promise as much harmony as fans are expecting. Now Demichelis once more finds himself in the same city as Van Gaal, though this time around it's as a bitter rival rather than ally.