Manchester United legend Paul Scholes is not qualified to criticise midfielder Paul Pogba, according to football agent Phil Smith. Scholes has come under attack on social media from super-agent Mino Raiola, over comments he made about Pogba’s performance in Sunday’s surprise 3-2 defeat to Brighton.
The former midfielder said United ‘lacked leaders’ on the pitch – with Pogba wearing the captain’s armband – and that the Frenchman had ‘another really poor game’. He also added: ‘I just don’t think he [Pogba] uses his brain enough’.Raiola hit back at the Old Trafford hero, saying on Twitter: ‘[Scholes] wouldn’t recognise a leader if he was in front of Sir Winston Churchill’.
Having not only played under Sir Alex Ferguson for his entire career – winning 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns – but also alongside some of the club’s greatest captains, Scholes would likely argue that. But Smith says Scholes’ lack of success at international level in an England shirt means he has no right to slam World Cup-winner Pogba. Speaking on talkSPORT 2, the agent said: “I think Paul Scholes should maybe show a little bit more respect.
“As big a player as he was for Manchester United and as much of a legend as Scholes is… Pogba is a top class player and he’s just won the World Cup. “Show me your medals, Paul Scholes! The fact is, he did not win anything for England and he hasn’t won anything for a long time. “There are not too many World Cup winners around, and Paul Scholes isn’t one of them.
“He’s got to be a bit careful. When you’re paid to be a pundit, you’re there to be attacked as well. “I’m not sure why the agent should have to get involved, but he’s fiercely protective of his client and actually, why shouldn’t he say something? “Pogba is a World Cup winner and a class act. Why should you have to listen to criticism from people who maybe aren’t best placed to give it?”