Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has hit out at Paul Scholes for his reluctance to do interviews during his career - branding him 'lazy' for avoiding the media spotlight.
Scholes was notoriously camera shy during his career, and rarely gave interviews despite being one of the Red Devils' most high-profile players. However since his retirement from the game, the midfielder has signed up to be a pundit for BT Sport, and writes an out-spoken blog and newspaper column.
Keane, who has hit the headlines in recent weeks after the release of his controversial autobiography The Second Half, believes that Scholes played up to his reputation to avoid speaking to the press, insisting that he was simply too lazy to do it.
"People don't realise Scholesy could have done [TV appearances] at United, but he couldn't be a***d," he told Shortlist Magazine. "People thought he was camera-shy; he just couldn't be bothered.
"None of us liked doing interviews, but it was a responsibility of the dressing room, you shared the load. 'Scholesy's too humble to do it. Well, he's f****** doing it now, isn't he? Maybe there's more money involved now. And I'd tell him this if he was sat here in front of me."
Keane hasn't been shy of criticising his former colleagues and employers since the release of his book, which chronicled his on-going feud with former boss Sir Alex Ferguson. The former Manchester United midfielder also set his sights on Gary Neville, who has forged a successful career in media since retiring too.
Asked whether he thought Neville had won over non-Manchester United fans since he retired, Keane responded: "I don't think he has. Certain papers write stories about Gary winning everyone over, and he's writing for these same newspapers, y'know?"
Keane also admitted that he had an on-going feud with Ferguson over his drinking while at Manchester United, which he says became an issue.
"Quite rightly,” said the Irishman when asked if he was picked up on it. “This idea that me and Ferguson just had one bust-up right at the end ... we had loads! We had disagreements about my drinking, as fans are happy to report you if you’re spotted out at 3am.
''Drinking was my hobby, I suppose. I’m not giving it the thumbs up, but it was my trait. I don’t know why – because I’m Irish, maybe, because I lived by myself. Boredom kicked in.”
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