Date:3rd July 2011 at 2:42pm
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Paul Scholes red card

A rare shot of the Ginger One receiving a red card

There’s a strong case to be made that Paul Scholes is the most gifted player United have ever seen.

Although Ryan Giggs, George Best and Bobby Charlton would probably be ranked above him by most fans, there’s still many of us who believe the Ginger Prince is the best player ever to wear the red shirt.

Xavi describes Scholes as “The best central midfielder of the past 20 years” Zinidine Zidane remarked: “[Scholes is] undoubtedly the greatest midfielder of his generation.”

Scholes’s ability and place in United history is unquestionable, he truly is one of the greats, yet there’s also another side to the ‘quiet man of football’ or as Arsene Wenger put it “a darker side in him.”

Scholes’s lack of discipline is legendary and while you’d be hard pressed to find any United fan that thinks of him as ‘dirty’ there’s no denying that on occasion he could be, well qiute frankly bonkers. Here’s some clips of my own personal top five moments of madness from a true great.

Red card versus Sweden. 25 seconds into this clip you’ll see arguably the worst challenge of Scholes’s entire career.

This handball against Zenit St Petersburg was actually hilarious as was John O’Shea celebrating the goal as though it wasn’t a handball.

The red card against Roma came over an eight minute spell where Scholes, pretty much lost the plot.

Although I still contend the ball was there to be won in the FA Cup semi final, I have to admit if the roles had been reversed I’d have been screaming for Pablo Zabaletta to go.

Unfortunately the video for Scholes’s punch on Xabi Alonso has been removed, but this picture tells you pretty much all you need to know.


"Have a bit of that you scouse c*nt!"