Paul Scholes gives surprise backing to Manchester City

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When Manchester City were drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 they probably feared the worst, but they've been tipped to overcome the Spanish giants by none other than Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.

During a career that lasted nearly 20 years, Scholes was somewhat of a silent assassin, keeping quiet at every possibility.

However, since his 2013 retirement he's aired some controversial views via his duel role as TV pundit and newspaper columnist.

His latest offering will shock football fans across England, as one of United's favourite sons gave his support to the blue half of Manchester

Scholes' tip will come as a shock to City fans who have this year seen the United legend criticise their star midfielder Yaya Toure, as well as making digs at City's attendance for their Champions League tie with Roma at the Etihad.

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It hasn't all been criticism from the midfield legend though, and last week he revealed fears that City may overtake United thanks to their spectacular new football academy.


Writing for the Independent, Scholes made the shock prediction, saying: "I am tipping Manchester City to eliminate Barcelona from the Champions League over two legs.

"Of course, much depends on form and injuries at the end of February, but I think the approach used by Manuel Pellegrini against Roma worked well.

"It will mean he starts with a midfield core of Fernando, Fernandinho and James Milner and then picks players around that to make it work."

The former England man knows a thing or two about beating Barca, having scored the only goal in the 2008 semi-final as United progressed to the final.


Scholes didn't stop at tipping City to knock-out their Catalan opponents, he also reserved praise for manager Manuel Pellegrini.

After a of just one win in six earlier in the campaign the Chilean had come under pressure, but the 1-0 win over Leicester last weekend made it seven wins out of seven for the Citizens, much to the approval of Scholes.

The United legend labeled Pellegrini as his 'manager of the week' and said: "Winning away in Europe and then away in the league within four days is one of the hardest tricks to pull off."


Scholes hasn't been afraid to say it how it is since retiring, swapping reckless tackles for some hurtful truths in his new role as a media star.

In the last month alone the 40-year-old has aimed a swipe at Lionel Messi, said Bastian Schweinsteiger would be a more deserved Ballon d'Or winner than former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, and upset current United boss Louis van Gaal with his comments about Manchester City.

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