Paul Scholes barely said a word during his 20 years as a professional footballer for Manchester United, but these days it’s impossible to keep the retired midfielder quiet.
The 41-year-old has been less than complimentary about United’s performances under both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal while he also managed to offend Wayne Rooney last year after claiming the England captain was past his best - which may or may not be true.
And before Manchester United beat Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon, Scholes - working for BT Sport - admitted he has been a little underwhelmed by Bastian Schweinsteiger since the World Cup winner arrived from Bayern Munich in the summer.
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“Schweinsteiger claps a backpass to the goalkeeper and he plays every week, so the manager must be happy with the way they play,” Scholes was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “You expect more from Schweinsteiger, a player who's won the World Cup and the Champions League.
“The biggest art as a midfield player is to find space - not in your back four or left-back position - in the centre of the park where it's most congested, and contribute to your forward players.”
Schweinsteiger helped United beat Watford
Scholes clearly felt that Schweinsteiger hadn’t contributed enough going forwards, although the Germany international went on to play a key role in Manchester United securing all three points against the Hornets.
It was Schweinsteiger who played the ball back across the face of goal which led to Troy Deeney turning the ball into his own net and United winning the match at the death.
Perhaps Scholes has a point...
However, when you consider that was Schweinsteiger’s first Premier League assist - if you can call it that - of the season, then perhaps Scholes has a point.
Schweinsteiger has made 13 league appearances this season and has failed to score a single goal.
With the quality he possesses, United fans - like Scholes - could be forgiven if they expected to see a little more from the 31-year-old this season.
Schweinsteiger might be a little disappointed...
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