Passing. Not a problem. Tackling. A problem.
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There’s been a lot of talk recently about ‘disgraceful’ challenges, horrendous tackles and “studs-up” lunges.
A question many football observers have posed following the weekend’s FA Cup fixtures is:
“How did Paul Scholes escape a red card on Saturday?”
He came on late and still managed to make two awful challenges near the end of the game against Arsenal. In the twilight of his career yet he still retains that wonderful vision and range of passing but also that uncanny knack of ‘mis-timing’ his tackles. He somehow, generally, gets away with the nasty stuff. “Good old ‘Scholesy’, he’s at it again.”
Tony Cascarino, writing in ‘The Times’ today, feels that Scholes is ‘tarnishing his good reputation’ and believes that he will go down in Premiership history as one if it’s best players – and it’s undisputed worst tackler.
There are a few other contenders; so anyone disagree with Tony? Is Scholes really a ‘dirty’ player underneath a cultured veneer?