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Man United legend Scholes pokes fun at Liverpool over Coutinho transfer situation

Date Posted,August 9, 2017

Paul Scholes was a little outnumbered sitting between former Liverpool duo Steven Gerrard and Steve McManaman on BT Sport on Tuesday night.

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.

Scholes is Manchester United through and through (Image: REUTERS)

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.

Steven Gerrard was on BT Sport punditry duty on Tuesday night (Image: Steve Bardens – The FA)

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.

Steve McManaman
Steve McManaman was also providing analysis on the Super Cup (Image: Getty)

“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.

Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a move to Barcelona (Image: Getty Images Europe)

“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.

Manchester United lost to Real Madrid in the Super Cup (Image: Reuters)

“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.”

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