Scholes admits he was a ‘liability’ before Ferguson talks revived Man Utd career

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has lifted the lid on how Sir Alex Ferguson helped him change position later on in his career.

Scholes played as an attack-minded midfielder for the majority of his time at Old Trafford, but dropped into a deeper role later on.

In an interview with BBC Sport he explained how he dealt with not playing in such an advanced role, and admitted he was a "liability" at times in the centre of the pitch.

"I just accepted it, moving deeper," Scholes said. "It happened before I retired with England, I was a bit of a liability in midfield because the only thought in my head was to score goals.

"Sometimes, especially in Europe, we were getting overrun and I was getting destroyed. It must have been a nightmare for Roy Keane alongside me.

"Sir Alex said I want you to sit. I remember thinking, 'what’s the point of that'. In my first big game I think I got into their box once but the manager pulled me and said that was brilliant, you played the position properly.

"There was no need for me to go and get involved up front as we had such good attackers. Hopefully you could get the ball to these players who could win you games of football."


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