Man Utd legend Paul Scholes reveals the best away ground he’s ever played in when asked the question by Gary Neville on The Overlap.
During a conversation with his former team-mate on the Sky Sports episode, the BT Sports pundit opened up about which was the place he loved playing at other than Old Trafford during his playing days.
The ex-Red Devils midfielder has labelled Newcastle United’s St. James’ Park as one of his two favourite away grounds to play in, as you can see in the video below, around four/five minutes in, which is certainly worth a watch…
Scholes spent the entirety of his career at Man Utd, making over 700 appearances for them and was capped 66-times for England.
At one stage during the 1990s, the Man Utd and Newcastle were the dominant forces of English football and produced some of the most memorable matches of the decade, including Newcastle’s 5-0 victory back in October 1996.
Speaking on Gary Neville’s Overlap, Scholes picked St. James’ Park and Anfield as his two favourite stadiums to play in. He said: “I always used to love playing at Newcastle.
“Liverpool and Newcastle. Liverpool was harder, there was never space. Atmosphere wise, as big a game it was, if you went there and won.”
Scholes then also recalled his goal in the FA Cup final against Newcastle at Wembley as one of his most memorable strikes as a player. He scored the second of the afternoon in a 2-0 win for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, during the season in which they won the treble.
He added: “I quite liked scoring in the FA Cup final against Newcastle. I know it wasn’t the biggest game you can score a goal in, but I just thought FA Cup as a kid growing up was the big thing, playing at Wembley.”
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Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson believes Paul Scholes was the “biggest talent” he’s ever coached (via The Daily Star).
“I think Paul Scholes was the most talented player I ever coached – he had everything.”
“You can pick so many immense players from my time.”
“Rooney, Beckham, Rio, Terry, Owen when he was at his peak. But Scholes was a playmaker, finisher, defending; he wasn’t the best in the world, but he could do it.
“He was a brilliant football player.”
Zinedine Zidane have also hailed the Scholesy’s prowess.
The French footballing legend once said: “He’s almost untouchable in what he does. I never tire of watching him play. You rarely come across the complete footballer, but Scholes is as close to it as you can get.
“One of my regrets is that the opportunity to play alongside him never presented itself during my career.”
Scholes says he didn’t take issue with playing on the left wing for England.
In his 2011 biography, he said, “Playing on the left was never a problem.”
“I played on the left for United I don’t know how many times.”
“I probably had my most successful time scoring goals in that position, so it was never a problem.”
Paul Scholes also said to Gary Neville that he ‘will never manage again’ as he explained his nightmare stint at Oldham Athletic, who at the time had been in turmoil.
The former England and Manchester United player endured a miserable time at Oldham in 2019, before resigning after just a month in charge.
Scholes quit the role having won just one of his seven games, citing interference from controversial club owner Abdallah Lemsagam for his decision to resign.
The 47 year old has also had two spells in caretaker charge of Salford City, the club he co-owns with Class of ’92 members Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville.
But Scholes admits the experience at then-crisis club Oldham, took control of his life and that he would never put himself in that position again.
Scholes said: “It’s hard to describe as a low point, because I quite enjoyed it. There was a low point at the end when the interference came in.
“[Lemsagam] was (trying to pick the team). I had heard so many stories when I was going in, I was told not to do it, that he’s a nightmare and this kind of stuff.
“But I was just determined to give it a go. I love Oldham, I just wanted to give it a go and see what happened. For the first three or four weeks I enjoyed it.
“There was one game we were going to, it was Lincoln away. He pulled me in in the morning, he wanted to see me. The coach was outside the ground, we were ready to go Lincoln who were top of the league and flying, we were going to try and win but it was unlikely.
“He wanted me to leave the captain out. As soon as you say ‘leave anyone out’, I didn’t care who it was, as soon as he said that I had gone already.
“I said ‘no it’s not happening’. He had three phones on his desk and said ‘I’ve got clips of all the mistakes he’s made’. I didn’t care about the clips, I wasn’t interested…
“I couldn’t accept that. I got on the bus and I was fuming. I went the day after, I resigned the day after.”
This is what fans said as Man Utd legend Paul Scholes reveals the best away ground he’s ever played in…
@stephenbone88: It’s not a compliment. He used to run riot up here, that’s why
@Wig82: Not surprised. He scored there for fun mate! 🤦🏻
@KyleButler1_: Watched him run the show many a time at SJP. Tough to watch as Mag 😭
@ChrisWa32708567: Im not suprised he rinsed us at home
@Welshy1892_: Not surprised the amount of times he won there 😂
@dragonslayer684: Yeah maybe coz he smashes so many bloody goals against us. 😡😡🤣
@MIICKYB1989: Can’t argue with that one he was a brilliant player to watch 👏🏼👏🏼
@PaulGreaves2017: I’m a Newcastle fan. I saw Scholes humiliate us at SJP some years back. It was like he was in some sort of bubble: above the game, untouchable, all seeing. I’ll always remember.