Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has been hit with a scathing retort after he criticised Yaya Toure for his performance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday, with the Manchester City star’s agent telling Scholes to worry about his own team.
A late Jerome Boateng goal secured a 1-0 win for the Bundesliga champions against Manuel Pellegrini’s team and Scholes felt that Toure was not working hard enough in defence, leaving too much work for his midfield teammate, Fernandinho.
Dimitry Seluk did not take kindly to the comments. The Agent responded with a message telling the Old Trafford legend to keep his nose out of Manchester City business, then aimed an attack at Scholes about Manchester United’s miserable time last season.
Legend told off
“Scholes was a very good player and is a legend for United. But given now the situation at United he had better concentrate on their problems. City and Yaya can do without advice from Scholes,” Seluk was quoted as saying by The Sun.
“City won the title last season without Scholes’ guidance and Yaya as we all know was one of their best players.
“So for Scholes to criticise him after just one game – not after 20 games or 25 games – is bizarre. The season was not decided in one game against Bayern Munich and before speaking like that, Scholes should know that.
“But he’s only trying to make himself sound interesting for those who pay him to say his opinion.”
Scholes was famously quiet as a player, but his new role as a television pundit has seen him become generous in his criticisms of current Premier League clubs and players that do not live up to his expectations.
However, he was not part of David Moyes’ coaching staff at Manchester United last season, which was an awful campaign and saw them eventually finish seventh. So Seluk’s retort about the fortunes of Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor being aimed at Scholes does seem strange.
“It’s very funny to hear Paul Scholes criticise Yaya,” he added.
“Because his advice last season brought Manchester United down without any cups or trophies. Not only did they finish outside the Champions League they didn’t even get a Europa League spot.
“Scholes is a legend for Manchester United and they are in competition with City. If City hear his advice they may finish seventh too.”
Despite criticism from a number of people other than Scholes, Toure has been tipped to sign a contract extension at Etihad Stadium by club captain Vincent Kompany - his current deal reportedly sees him take home a basic wage of £210,000 per week.