Paul Scholes: I'd rather watch non-league football than Man Utd

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As a part of his damning assessment of the Premier League, Paul Scholes has said that he would rather watch Salford City than Manchester United.

Scholes spent his entire career with the Red Devils, making an incredible 718 appearances, scoring 155 times and winning eleven Premier League titles.

However, in 2014 he purchased semi-professional club Salford City along with close friends Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville. He owns a 10% stake in his local team, who are currently plying their trade in the National League North.


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Scholes is the 13th most-capped player in Premier League history, but he says he prefers watching non-league football to England's top flight - which he doesn't enjoy as much as he used to.

Ahead of Saturday's Manchester derby at Old Trafford, here's what Scholes has had to say.

"I probably do enjoy watching Salford more," said Scholes, who is writing in a new book; Class of 92: Out of our League. "I don't know if it's as much that I don't like the hassle of going to the game, getting in, sitting in traffic.

"Going to Salford, I park up behind the goal and get out of my car. But I genuinely get more enjoyment from watching even my son's team, Royer Town."

What else has Scholes said?

Scholes also insisted that the Premier League isn't the best league in the world and has criticised its lack of quality. The former midfield maestro believes that the world's very best players are in La Liga and there are also better teams in the Bundesliga.

"I don't find elite football as interesting to watch any more, especially in England. In the Premier League in the last two years, have I really seen a game of high quality? A game that I've thought 'Wow!' It's difficult to think of any.

"You hear about people saying English football's the best football there is around. I think Spain's by far the best league. Germany has better teams. There needs to be a real step up in quality in England. Other than Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva, we don't have the best players.

Scholes continued, "All the best players are in other countries. The best players are in Spain or at Bayern Munich and Juventus. We're linked with big players - Gareth Bale is a top player - but we don't get them now. Not anymore.

"You never see a Lionel Messi coming over here, you never see a Neymar in the Premier League."

Ever since his second and final retirement from professional football in 2013, Scholes has appeared regularly on television for the likes of BT Sport and the BBC.

During his relatively short time as a pundit, he has never held back when it comes to giving his honest opinion - and it doesn't look like that's going to change any time soon.

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