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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says that Steven Gerrard will not be happy at being left out of the starting line-up against Real Madrid the Champions League. A former England teammate of Gerrard, Scholes says that one of the reasons for Gerrard retiring from international duty was to play in such big matches. The showdown with Madrid was one of the biggest matches for Liverpool this season. After a 3-0 defeat against the Spanish club earlier in the season at Anfield, Liverpool were looking for revenge. Manager Brendan Rodgers, though, appeared to throw in the towel after naming a weakened starting line-up.
Rodgers may have defended his selection by saying that he wanted to win the match, but Scholes is of the opinion that this selection was largely made with regard to the weekend’s match against Chelsea in mind. Further, Liverpool are now no longer the favourites to qualify for the last 16. Their defeat against FC Basel and Real Madrid in the previous rounds has put the Swiss club as favourites for the second spot behind Madrid. Gerrard and Sterling have been the two best players for Liverpool this season, but they came on as substitutes.
They were unable to influence the game and Liverpool lost the match 1-0 after a goal from Karim Benzema. “I think that’s probably why he gave up international football, to play in games like this. I don’t think he’ll be happy tonight. think Steven Gerrard is capable of playing in this game and on Saturday (against Chelsea). It is Tuesday night, he’ll have two-day recovery, train Friday, play Saturday and he’s got a nice little two weeks off,” said Scholes. “It seems they are definitely prioritising for the Chelsea game. If I’m a player I want to rest at home and rest properly rather than travelling,” said former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon.
Soccer Legends Video clip Rating: 4 / five
Soccer Legends Video Ranking: 4 / five
The Manchester United legends Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs were all praise for their former boss Sir Alex Ferguson in their recent interview.
The two said that the 72-year old Scot would always remain a highly respected figure in their eyes.
Neville and Giggs spent almost their whole Manchester United career playing under Ferguson and they saw all the success there. From the league to the European Cup title, they won everything at Old Trafford.
Giggs retired in the middle of the last season to take the job of the interim manager at United, while, Neville retired a few months before him i.e. in the summer of 2013.
While, Giggs represented only the Red Devils throughout his career, Neville played for Everton too, but, his peak performances came at United only.
Giggs is associated with United even now. He is Louis Van Gaal’s assistant there currently. Neville was also supposed to take some kind of a coaching role after retirement, but, he has not done so as yet.
Giggs and Neville were together interviewed a couple of days back by an English daily and they were asked various questions about their United career there.
When asked about Ferguson, Giggs had this to say, “I used to see him as guardian and I give him the same amount of respect even today. He knows me inside out. He could just sense when I was not feeling comfortable about my game. He was a magical manager.”
Neville also hailed the legendary manager saying, “I think genius is the word for Sir Alex. He had that sense of calmness in him. He knew how to bring 100% out of a guy. Without his guidance, I don’t think it would have been possible for me to become as successful as I did.”
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