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When Will Paul Scholes Learn to Tackle?

Sent off against Spurs

Sent off against Spurs

Manchester United finished up 3-1 victors over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, but the victory was somewhat spoiled by the sending off of Paul Scholes, who was made to walk after two yellow card offences. Did the punishment fit the crime or is it about time the ‘Ginger Prince’ mastered the art of tackling?

It is often said that Paul Scholes simply cannot tackle; he is a magnificent midfield player who has an Achilles heel. Against Tottenham he showed his full repertoire of tools, the long range passing, his ability to hold the ball and find space for himself, his ability to spot a cutting edge pass and bring others into play, in addition to his undeniable capacity to mistime the tackle.

This uncanny gift Scholes possesses, earned him the ninth red card of his career. It was coming, from the moment Scholes was booked for his rash and clumsy tackle on Jermain Defoe, he was walking a thin line. The second yellow is far more contentious, a 50-50 ball, which he and Tom Huddlestone both competed for and to his credit, whenever Scholes knew he was not going to win the ball he, in my view, pulled out of the challenge.

The sour taste is echoed by Sir Alex Ferguson, “He’s never touched him. He’s been sent off because his name is Paul Scholes. That is why he was sent off. It was a ridiculous decision.”

However, Paul Scholes is a professional footballer who, at 34 years of age, should know the laws of the game, and I would hope, has practiced ‘tackling’ of some sort, during his many training sessions at Carrington. I wonder why he can be so reckless in his challenges time and time again, especially when already carrying a yellow card.

His penchant for the yellow card has ruled Scholes out of many important games, whilst getting himself sent of in important matches has also been an illness which needs remedied. The most famous and significant match in which he picked up a yellow card was the 3-2 victory over Juventus in the 1999 Champions League Semi-Final that subsequently ruled the midfield maestro out of the Final.

Juventus vs Manchester United – 1999 Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg

Time may not be on his side with his extremely successful career winding down, but please Paul learn to put in a legal challenge, if not, it may cost your beloved Manchester United dear in the future.

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  1. Keith Jacob

    September 16, 2009 at 8:55 am

    i love ronaldo

  2. Keith Jacob

    September 16, 2009 at 8:55 am

    scholes is crap

  3. DaveMo

    September 15, 2009 at 11:11 am

    You can just see the fear in the eyes of the opposition – they’re bringing the ball across midfield, and they catch sight of the ginger ninja…………….. “Ahhhhhhh! Paul Scholes! Run Away!!!!!!”. Paul Scholes’ tackling is a source of endless humor for our little group of United supporters.

    Huddlestone was the girl, but the Scholes sending off was not unexpected.

  4. HargosLeftKnee

    September 15, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Interesting to note how the 300 pounds worth of Huddlestone was left crying and clutching his face from the viscious stroke that Scholes managed with his pinky fingers. Couldn’t have had anything to do with sending off I’m sure…

    But big Tom’s a tough English player, would never resort to simluating injury to get a player sent off now would he?

    No doubt Scholes knows exactly what he’s doing most of the time, and gets away with more than he should for being kind of innocuous looking and generally well respected. Worth also noting that he developped his game 15 years ago, when some tough tackling was still permitted without the rolling around and obligatory yellows. He got the sh*t kicked out of him for years, being tiny and skilled, so developped some nastiness in response. But he’s not adjusted to the new softer rules, and will always pick up a couple of reds with the new rule: ‘two tackles and you’re off, unless you’re a tenacious player like Fletcher, Macherano, Makele or Palacios whose job it is to foul. Then you can have 7 or 8 before a yellow’. Fergie’s right, he got sent off for being Paul Scholes, but Paul Scholes has earned that reputation with some truly horrendous tackles over the years that he’s gotten away with.

  5. Adam

    September 14, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    He definitely deserved to be sent off. It wasn’t a 50-50 ball. Huddlestone got there first and the ball was well gone by the time Scholes went sliding into his midsection and slapped him like a girl in the face. If anything Manchester United should have been playing with 9 men as Vidic deserved a second yellow for smashing Crouch in the face.

    • Cam

      September 15, 2009 at 6:30 am

      you’re a Spurs boy aren’t you Adam???

  6. randomsausage

    September 14, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I think if he hasn’t learned by now…..he’s never going to learn! He is an awful tackler and you have to wonder why The Lord Imperial Ferg doesn’t just tell him not to do it: after all, with The Fletch and Anderson in midfield, they were already employing two tenacious ball winners.

    BTW, The Fletch was fantastic on Saturday: anti-football my arse — that was a performance of a defensive midfielder of substance….Alex Song take note.

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