Friday, March 23, 2012

Fergie on the War Path over 'Desperation' Comments

Former footballer, and current development executive at Manchester City, Patrick Vieira, has sparked a war of words with Manchester United chief, Alex Ferguson, by stating that the re-introduction of Paul Scholes into the Red Devils' midfield was an act of desperation.

Scholes 'retired' at the end of last season, alongside veteran custodian, Edwin van der Sar. He returned for United in January 2012, taking his place on the bench for Manchester's FA Cup victory over rivals, City.

While admitting that he admires Scoles as a footballer, Vieira said: “for him to come back just shows a little bit of weakness in United. [Scholes] coming back shows that they don’t have talent in there to replace him.”

Vieira, who played the most games of his career at Arsenal, with 279 appearances over nine years, added that the recent loss of Ravel Morrison and “maybe" Paul Pogba indicates that Old Trafford is no longer the dream destination for youngsters.

Fergie responded to the Frenchman's comments at a press conference earlier today. “If it’s desperation bringing back Scholes, the best midfielder in Britain for the last 20 years, then I think we can accept that.”

Sir Alex intimated that Vieira was being hypocritical, given that City had played Carlos Tevez in their midweek clash with Chelsea, a player who became a pariah in Manchester after he refused to warm-up for a Champions League match with Bayern Munich, last year.

City boss, Roberto Mancini, previously said that the Argentine would never play football in a sky-blue jersey again.

Fergie continued to say that United have sufficient depth in their squad. On the topic of the veteran midfielder's future, the Scot said that he and Scholes had not come to any conclusions.

However, the fact that the player, who, according to soccer betting tips, is a 6/4 bet to play for England at Euro 2012, has expressed a desire to play more games for United seems to suggest that he may well remain at Old Trafford next season. Those looking to bet on soccer games would do well to note these developments.

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