Paul Scholes demonstrated on Wednesday night that he still possesses the ability to trap the ball dead, after being struck by an errant pass during the pre-match warm-ups ahead of Newcastle v Manchester United.
The United legend turned television pundit didn’t know much about this one though, a rogue ball hitting him on the back of the head during a live segment on BT Sport prior to his former side's dramatic 1-0 win over Newcastle.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a big name embarrassed by a misplaced pass live on air, far from it. Harry Redknapp was hit by one similar at the training ground, reacting slightly differently to Scholes who actually complimented the shot.
Redknapp can be heard blasting the anonymous player, adding; “No wonder he’s in the f***ing” reserves.”
Perhaps worse still, Fox Sports reporter Pam Oliver was hit square in the face by a stray pass from Indianapolis Colts quarterback, Andrew Luck. As bad as it looked, she escaped un-harmed with Luck quick to apologise.
Scholes’ run in with the ball wasn’t the only drama to unfold at St James’ Park last night, as ‘Spit Gate’ continues to dominate headlines. Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse could both yet face suspensions after they appear to have spat at each other following a rough challenge.
Both have since made statements, saying completely the opposite. Evans denying any guilt, whilst Cisse openly apologised to both sets of fans, the Manchester United defender himself and finally any football fan who witnessed the incident.
Manchester United, meanwhile, were able to grab a late win courtesy of an Ashley Young goal from a Tim Krul error, but the Red Devils still look bereft of the verve and creativity they played with during the Scholes day.
We’re not sure if that this might yet tempt Scholes back into professional football, but he certainly looks to have lost his touch judging by this…