Myth that Old Trafford midfielder could not tackle challenged.
“Of course I can tackle. There’s plenty of evidence of being able to tackle.
“I was just getting people back. If someone got me early in the game it was always in the back of my mind that I needed to get them back.
“I didn’t always do it on purpose, some of it was just bad timing, I suppose.
“But I think throughout my career the record wasn’t that bad, there were not that many yellow cards. Well, I suppose a few yellow cards, but not many sendings-off. But I think towards the end every time I made one tackle I got booked, because of my reputation I suppose.”
So there you have it. Paul Scholes reputation as a poor tackler was in fact inaccurate and the Man United man was on the most part just biding his time before flooring an opponent who had tackled him poorly. This is quite sensible but did lead to the midfielder getting more than his fair share of cautions in the latter part of his Old Trafford career.
Perhaps this means that Robbie Keane, famous for his revenge tackling, was in fact a poor tackler?