Paul Scholes lays into Woodward and Rooney as he prepares for United exit
When he was still playing for Manchester United, Paul Scholes was as well-known for his no-holds barred (some would say rubbish) tackling as he was for his knack for picking a pass.
It looks like the former midfielder hasn't lost any of his bite as he wrote a blog post for Irish bookmakers Paddy Power, saying he doesn't expect to stay on as part of incoming manager Louis van Gaal's coaching set-up.
The 39-year-old also threw down the gauntlet for United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who has been criticised by fans for the club's poor dealings in the transfer market.
Scholes wrote: "Edward Woodward has an awful lot to prove this time that he’s good enough at his job.
"He has to bring the players in that the new manager wants. It’s obvious that last year he didn’t manage to do that.
"If he doesn’t, we are not going to get anywhere near the top."
Rooney past it?
The former England international also suggested that Wayne Rooney might be past his best.
"Wayne’s peak may have been a lot younger than what we’d expect of footballers traditionally," said Scholes.
"Age 28 or 29 has been the normal ‘peak’. With Wayne, it could have been when he scored 27 league goals in 2011/2012 when he was 26.
"Wayne might be a player who’d retire come 31 or 32, given the amount of football he’s played."
Scholes also questioned if England manager Roy Hodgson has what it takes to make the big call to drop his former teammate should his form not be good enough.
He also offered Hodgson a piece of advice, saying: "To get the very best from Wayne in Rio, the manager needs to tell him: ‘Don’t bother running back. Stay up top. Stay centre forward. Score goals. That’s your job in my team.'"
Source: Paddy Power Blog