Full transcript of Scholes’ incredible "toy" rant on Man Utd owners and Woodward
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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes held nothing back in his incredible "toy" rant on the club's owners and departing chief Ed Woodward.
The Glazers, who have held shares in the Old Trafford side since 2003, came under fire from fans earlier this month for their involvement in the proposed European Super League.
While the American family apologised in a statement, it was executive vice-chairman Woodward who took the fall as he announced his resignation for the end of the year.
Several pundits have since criticised the owners for their management of the club – and Scholes, who won 11 Premier League titles and the 1999 treble, added his criticism ahead of the Europa League semi-final against Roma on BT Sport .
And Daily Star Sport is on hand to provide every word of the former midfielder's rant on the United ownership…
"I'm not sure there ever will be a connection with these owners. I don't think that's just this club – it's every club who started with billionaire owners, what we brought into here, for them to have a toy. A toy to make money with.
"This is a great club as well to actually have that connection with the owners. The young players this club has, the young local lads in the academy. It's a great chance to have that connection.
"But as long as there's billionaire owners from America, from other countries, there's never going to be a connection.
"Look at Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, is there a connection there? I don't think there is. I don't think there ever will be.
"I think we have to stop pining for that. The most important thing for the fans now is what happens on the football pitch and you look at the last four or five years at Manchester United – the resources, the money this club has had, and it's not won a trophy for four years. It's absolutely ridiculous.
"Look the Glazers, they chose a man to represent them, to run the football club who's brilliant at making money. Funnily enough. Exactly what they want. Brilliant.
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"But has the football side been neglected through that. I don't think Ed is a football man. I think the man before, David Gill, great again at making money but he was a football man. He knew what the club needed.
"We've had five or six years since the manager went, choosing the wrong managers. Not giving them time to produce teams. Choosing the wrong type of players for this football club. Which is disappointing.
"It's down to the ownership of billionaire owners who are greedy and just use this club as a toy to make money.
"This club should have the very best of everything. It's the biggest club in the world. It should have the best of everything.
"If you talk about the football side, the director of football. There's a lot of talk about United looking for one. Have they got the best of the best director of football.
"Somehow they've invited him a role of football director. What is that? Tell me what is that? Is he going to be signing players? Is he going to be ordering new footballs for us? What is he?
"If United are going for a director of football get the very best out there. If you're going for a manger go for the very best out there.
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"And they probably haven't got the very best out there now as a football manager but he's on the way to producing a team that could make him the best manager.
"Give these people time and get the best of the best, whether it's football director, director of football, technical director.
"And players. It should be the very best of the best."
Asked if he still feels a connection with the club, Scholes added: "Of course I do. This club gave me my life, this will be it until the day I die."
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