But that didn’t stop the Manchester United legend poking fun at the current Philippe Coutinho transfer situation – much to the delight of Red Devils supporters.
Scholes was providing analysis on the Super Cup, which Manchester United lost 2-1 to Real Madrid at the Philip II Arena in Skopje, reports the Manchester Evening News.
The trio were asked about Philippe Coutinho’s situation, with the Brazilian wanted by La Liga giants Barcelona – who have cash to splash after the €220m sale of Neymar.
Host Jake Humphrey asked the panel where they thought Coutinho would be playing on September 1, and while Gerrard and McManaman both argued for Anfield, Scholes could not resist the chance to wind up any watching Liverpool fans.
“Hopefully Barca,” he replied with a telling grin.
Scholes has been impressed with United’s summer activity, particularly the acquisition of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea.
The Serbian was one of United’s best players against Real Madrid, and Scholes was left wondering why the move was sanctioned at Stamford Bridge.
Added Scholes: “I really like the Matic signing.
“That was one that surprised me, it makes you wonder ‘why did Chelsea sell him?’.
“He brings aggression to United’s midfield, which is something they’ve been lacking.
“He’s very similar to Carrick as a midfielder, but what he brings that Michael doesn’t is a little bit of aggression.
“He gets the ball, he tackles, he allows others to play – you saw that with Chelsea.
“Him and [N’Golo] Kante were magnificent together and that allowed [Eden] Hazard and [Cesc] Fabregas that bit of freedom.
“And I’m hoping he’ll do that with United – freedom for [Paul] Pogba, [Anthony] Martial, [Jesse] Lingard and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan – these players really need to step up this year I think.”