Anorak News | Eric Cantona, not good enough for Paul Scholes

Eric Cantona, not good enough for Paul Scholes

by | 28th, January 2009

MUCH consternation on Planet Football this week, and all caused by wee ginger Paul Scholes, the thinking footballer’s footballer.

Scholesy selected the best Man Utd XI he ever played with, a list that was published recently in United’s matchday programme for their Premier League fixture against Spurs. But – shock, horror! – there was no place in the starting line-up for either Cristiano Ronaldo or Wayne Rooney. Eric Cantona, regularly hailed as an Old Trafford legend on a par with the likes of George Best and Bobby Charlton, didn’t even make the subs’ bench!

Scholes’ team in full:

Peter Schmeichel; Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Wes Brown, Denis Irwin; David Beckham, Roy Keane, Bryan Robson (capt), Ryan Giggs; Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Teddy Sheringham.

Subs: Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez, Michael Carrick, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville, Jaap Stam.

Anorak can’t help that notice that Scholesy’s team consists almost exlusively of English speakers/Scholesy’s mates. Talk about jobs for the boys. Wes Brown ahead of Stam and Nemanja Vidic!? That is perhaps the biggest joke of all.

As for the omission of King Eric, that is mysterious. It has been suggested that Scholes never got on with Cantona, or simply that he didn’t rate him as highly as most people. Either way, I guess Scholes is better-placed to make that call than any of us.

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