By Chris Wright
Until this morning, Paul Scholes hadn’t said a word in public for nigh-on 15 years, but the Manchester United midfielder has broken ranks ahead of the FA Cup semi-final between the two sides to let Manchester City know that he and his club don’t consider them as their ‘main rivals’ – especially while they continue to wallow all the way down there in fourth spot.
Speaking to the PA, Scholes insisted that, such is the discrepancy between the two clubs’ league positions, it is only the geographical proximity between United and City that continues to keep any kind of rivalry alive:
“When they’re fourth or fifth, I don’t think they can be classed as a main rival. Our main rivals are obviously Arsenal and Chelsea. I think City are just a rival because of where they are (geographically) – Liverpool are the same.”
Scholes also brought City’s winning mentality into question:
“With them getting the money, it has probably helped us and spurred us on a bit more when we have played them.