Scholes: No substance in Gunners

Once locked together in a two-way battle for supremacy at the top

of the English game, United and Arsenal’s rivalry was notorious,

with Scholes often at the heart of it. But while the Gunners have

maintained their reputation for playing attractive football, they

have been unable to match United in the trophy department and have

not lifted any silverware since their 2005 FA Cup win over the Red

Devils. And Scholes, who called time on his decorated career at the

end of last season, insists United boss Ferguson would not allow

that to happen at his club, while also predicting some tough times

ahead for the Gunners. “They just flatter to deceive,” he said.

“They may play the prettiest football, but it doesn’t always

produce the results they need. It doesn’t irritate me that people

say they’re the best footballing team because while they are doing

that, we (United) are winning games. “They do play the best

football to watch at times, but what is the point of that if you

are not winning anything? Not only that, they are potentially going

to lose their best players in (Cesc) Fabregas, (Samir) Nasri and

(Gael) Clichy. “I don’t think our manager would allow this club to

go six years without a trophy.”