Give Roy Keane & Paul Scholes a Break!

Give Keane & Scholes a Break

I love Roy Keane. Yes he’s prone to mindless outbursts that are hard to defend – my personal favourite being the recent one where he said that the tackle on Luke Shaw was a fair one. Quite rightly this immediately earned Roy a one week ban from my United Stand desk. But it’s impossible to stay mad at him for long. Why? Because he gets what Manchester United is. He understands the football we should aspire to and expects every player fortunate enough to wear the red of Manchester United to play with the same passion and desire he did.

He’s also without question the best Manchester United captain of my lifetime, and arguably, any other lifetime. The day he left Old Trafford he left behind a hole so big when you look down it you can see the Sydney opera house. And that hole has never been filled. Regular watchers of The United Stand will know I don’t think the captaincy suits Rooney but comparing Wayne as a captain to Roy is like sending a rusty old tesco trolley to war instead of a Sherman Tank. The truth being there’s no comparison. In fact, when I think about Keane and his leadership qualities one line sums him up “Win. Or die trying”.

So it saddens me that more and more United fans feel the need to take a pop at him and ridicule his opinion. Keane has always been opinionated, it’s nothing new. He’s the same man now he was when he was at United it’s just some fans don’t feel the need to defend him or feel he’s part of our club any more. They’re wrong. Keane is intrinsically etched in to our history and The United Way. He understood it, he was part of it and he continues to preach it. If fans choose not to listen then that’s their loss. Even if LVG gets us playing the United Way – which is possible but many doubt – he’ll never scratch the surface of Keane’s achievements. Roy Keane conducted and led the United way for over a decade.

That’s not to say we should hang on his every word. No one is right 100% of the time and Roy knows a controversial opinion will sell papers. But when it’s United related I listen. Because if anyone knows the way our great club should play and should act it’s Roy Keane.

The same goes with Scholesy. He’s come out in the last few weeks with some negative comments about the current United set up . In short Scholesy wants to see United blast teams away with football that gets you on the edge of your seat and he isn’t seeing that. A view shared by many a fan at the moment but also a view that some fans think isn’t helpful. Van Gaal has certainly allowed Scholesy to get under his skin and he’s publicly criticised Scholes on a two occasions now. But why do fans have to take sides?

Paul Scholes and Roy Keane are United legends. They’ve made their contribution – and what a contribution it was – and they’ve earned the right to pass comment on the club just like any fan has. As a manager Van Gaal should ignore it and do what he’s paid to do, manage Manchester United and make them successful. Arguing with ex players and turning fans against them isn’t and shouldn’t be part of the job description. The bottom line is LVG and some fans are happy with the way things are going and some fans like Scholes are concerned by the football we’re playing. Ultimately surely that’s a good thing? Both sides have one clear aim – Manchester United back on top – and debating the merits of how we’ll get there is the best way forward.

Whatever happens we are Manchester United. The United Way matters and we should never forget that.

By Mark Goldbridge

Mark

Football has always been my passion, a passion fueled by my late Grandfather whose love for the game was impossible not to share. I grew up with stories of Duncan Edwards and the Busby Babes, who my Granddad had seen first hand, and it was there my interest in the greatest football story ever told began. From the tragedy of the Busby Babes to the resurrection through Best, Law and Charlton. Then back in to obscurity for a quarter of a century until a certain Sir Alex Ferguson rolled in to town. Once you learn the history of the club it's hard not to fall in love with it. And for that I'll always be grateful to my Pops.

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Red
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so Scholes gets to throw punches, but LVG doesnt? his points on the football style are subjective and valid, because there is no right or wrong. Scholes has started shit… Read more »
Red
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@Mark

then you have your head up Scholes ass. if you back his trouble making comments that LVG doesnt like Carrick then you people are LVGout in disguise.

Paul Gardiner
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I get the defence of LVG. He has his way and it is a vast improvement to the Moyes era. A VAST improvement indeed. But at the same time I… Read more »
Red
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@Paul fine. lets see if Mark agrees that Scholes should not have made those Carrick remarks and withdraw them, and if LVG has the right to respond to them if… Read more »
Emeka Onyeka
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Emeka Onyeka

After spending over £300m in two seasons yet we still struggle for a draw against c.palace.. It’s a shame #LVGOUT

Red
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@Mark yeah. do the Moyes thing and play a 34 year old Carrick in every game and burn him out by November like Moyes did with Rio. Clearly Schweinsteiger fancied… Read more »
Red
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@Mark also, you mentioned LVG and the piece of paper he used to defend himself. so what? every manager has to defend his tactics here and there, even other great… Read more »
Red
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if you dont like managers coming out defending tactics here and there, then you are never going to be happy with any manager. you havent responded to the Valdes obsession… Read more »
Hannahunitedfan29
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Hannahunitedfan29
Roy Keane first off would you agree he has been so anti man united lately? now I know he has an opinion and always will he’s entitled to one but… Read more »
chidi
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chidi
I’m a united fan from Nigeria, and I watch your videos all the time, I started watching Manchester United in 1997 because at the time they were virtually the only… Read more »
Red
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yeah. Roy Keane deserved better. He only criticised his teammates openly on TV and named names, while he himself wasnt exactly playing great, and refused to apologise on top of… Read more »