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Paul Scholes Reveals He Thought He Would Have to Leave Manchester United After an Incident With Sir Alex Ferguson

Mudeet Arora
Feb 25, 2021, 5:07 PM GMT+5:30
Paul Scholes feared for his Manchester United career after an incident with Sir Alex Ferguson
Paul Scholes feared for his Manchester United career after an incident with Sir Alex Ferguson | LLUIS GENE/Getty Images

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has revealed that he believed his career at Old Trafford was over when Sir Alex Ferguson blasted him for a costly mistake in a game.

Scholes was on the receiving end of Fergie's hairdryer treatment after a 4-3 defeat to Newcastle. The midfielder came on as a substitute for Andy Cole and helped United get back into the game but attempted a flick for the Newcastle goal that lost Manchester United the game.

After the game, the player and manager butted heads in the changing room - with Scholes simply replying "B***ocks" to the fiery Scot's criticism in actions that were out of character for him.

And the legendary midfielder has revealed that he had doubts whether he will be able to wear the United jersey ever again.

"I had a few [received a rant from Ferguson], some lads will say I didn't have any," Scholes recalled on The Robbie Fowler Podcast.

Scholes continued, "I remember one at Newcastle when Newcastle were a really good team. He left me out, we were 3-0 down and he brought me on with 20 minutes to maybe, 3-0. We got it back to 3-2, I'm not saying it was anything to do with me, made two chances, made two goals, but nothing to do with me. Anyway, got it back to 3-2, we were flying creating chances."

He added, "I tried a back flick in the middle of the pitch on the halfway line, they broke away and I think Shearer scored, that made it 4-2. We got it back to 4-3 and then in the dressing room, I'm walking in thinking, 'I made a difference in that game, I did okay'."

Revealing Sir Alex's reaction, Scholes said, "I had a couple of chances where I should have scored but he went ballistic at me. You'll never play for this club again and all that type of stuff because I made that mistake on the half-way line."

Scholes then spoke about how he reacted to the boss and said, "I was never, ever one to answer back, people like Giggsy always answered back, even Becks would say something but, I don't know why I just kept saying 'b***ocks'. I just kept saying that to him, no matter what he said."

Finally revealing that he thought his United career is finished after that moment, Scholes concluded, "I don't know what I was doing, I was frightened to the death of the man! I was on the way back on the coach thinking 'I'm going to have to look for a new club here'."