‘It was a disaster’ – Paul Scholes didn’t enjoy playing with this Man United flop

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has described his midfield partnership with Juan Sebastian Veron at Manchester United as ‘a disaster’.

Veron, who joined United in a £28.1 million move from Lazio in 2001, lasted just two seasons at Old Trafford before he was sold at a significant loss to Chelsea.

When asked to name his favoured midfield partner, Scholes said to former United teammate Gary Neville on The Overlap: “It didn’t really matter to me.

“I played with Nicky [Butt], I played with Roy [Keane] – Michael Carrick. I loved playing with all of them. It wasn’t great playing with people who [were] attacking people, I needed someone who played that [defensive] position really well.”

Neville then asked: “Someone like Veron, you mean?”

Scholes replied: “Yeah, me and Veron were a disaster.

“I think me and Anderson did it once. Just, no, it’s not working, is it? Just two lads who don’t care about defending, don’t know the [defensive] position that well.

“But it worked better with a Michael or a Roy or a Nicky. They were brilliant playing that position, they knew.

“I didn’t know the position that well, I didn’t play in the position that well, as you know. You were always moaning about, ‘stay with your runners’ and stuff. [I’d reply] ‘You get them! He’s running to you, you can see them, can’t you?’ I had to play with someone who was disciplined.”

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