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[VIDEO] Paul Scholes Red Card v Man City

Manchester United crashed out of the FA Cup to the hands of their local rivals Manchester City on Saturday, and the game wasn’t without it’s talking points. One talking point was the red card to Paul Scholes in which he raised is foot in an attempt to win the ball only to be terribly late and catch a whole load of Pablo Zabaleta’s leg rather than any of the ball. Unfortunately, it was worthy of a red card, and there is no debating that, no matter how much you support United and Scholes.

United went on to of course lose with 10 men, but in all honesty, the way the team played throughout the game, they were not likely to grab a goal and get back into it. It was a rare poor game in which Nani and Valencia were ineffective on the wings, rarely providing any crosses into the box, where the loan striker Berbatov suffered from early missed opportunities and struggled for chances throughout, and where United really missed Wayne Rooney.

Paul Scholes is not known for his precise, perfectly timed tackles – but rather the complete opposite, but at this stage of his career and at such a crucial time in a massive game, it wasn’t the best time to commit a red card offence. I recently wrote about the apparent imminent departure of Paul Scholes due to retirement, and that perhaps this game’s result could sway his mind into staying for another year at United. However, this incident may sway his mind in the other direction, and may force him into retirement.

If the United legend does retire at the end of the season, it would be reminiscent of Zinedine Zidane’s departure from football; his red card in the World Cup final 2006 with France. Scholes however will have a big part to play in the rest of the season for United, in both the Premier League and Champions League, as United remain on course for the double.

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Submitted by DBSFootball

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