In 20 years as a Manchester United employee, Paul Scholes avoided the press and hardly ever voiced an opinion.
Well, he’s making up for lost time now.
In his new column with bookmaker Paddy Power, he has delivered a stunning verdict on the limitations of his former teammate Wayne Rooney.
Scholes, while praising Rooney’s desire to play football, said the striker “needs to use his energy more effectively now”, instead of trying to play everywhere on the pitch at once.
The 39-year-old also suggested that Rooney might make a good midfielder, but went on to question “whether he had the discipline to do it”.
Finally, and most damagingly, Scholes suggested that 28-year-old’s best years might already be behind him.
“There’s a chance he’s worn out,” the former midfielder said. “Wayne’s peak may have been a lot younger than what we’d expect of footballers traditionally.”