Man Utd legend Paul Scholes snubs Liverpool as best away ground he played in

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has snubbed Liverpool as possessing the best away ground he played in.

During a conversation with his former team-mate Gary Neville on The Overlap, the BT Sports pundit opened up about his favourite ground during his playing days – but instead of choosing Anfield, home of the Reds, he opted for the Magpies’ stadium in the northeast – St James' Park.

Neville asked what was the ground he enjoyed playing at the most when the former midfielder replied: “Love playing at Newcastle. Liverpool and Newcastle. Liverpool was harder, there was never space. Atmosphere wise, and as big a game as it was if you got there and won.”

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United and Liverpool share one of the biggest rivalries in the Premier League, while Anfield is considered one of the most fervent stadiums in the elite division of English football. This is why it’s surprising that Scholes decided to choose Newcastle over their northwest rivals.

Back in the former Oldham manager’s heyday, in the 2001/02 season, United had to play two games in two games – a Premier League clash with Liverpool followed by a League Cup clash with Arsenal.

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Scholes was benched for the first game and only made a late appearance, taking the place of David Beckham – but he was not pleased with being left out of the side and told Sir Alex Ferguson he wouldn't play in north London.

"I was p****d off of being left out in the first place, I did some stupid things when I was younger," he told The Overlap. "He left me out on the Sunday and I was p****d off.

"Most of the times when I was left out I knew the reason why, like I didn't play well the week before. So, I could take that and I was fine. Some players can't take it whether they've played badly or not.

"But I was just really p****d off he didn't play me in that game. We were getting beat and weren't playing very well and at half-time I thought he was going to bring me on, but he didn't.

"I was wound up right from the start of the game anyway, my head was gone. I felt like he was doing it on purpose, 'I'm not bringing him on because I'm going to play him tomorrow'."


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