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Is Paul Scholes coming out of his shell?



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Not so long ago a Paul Scholes interview was as rare as the words ‘excellent tackler’ being attributed to the age-defying midfielder, but those who caught yesterday’s Community Shield action on the tele would have seen the Salford-born United man spare a few moments for Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves as he deservedly received his Man of the Match bubbly.

In the past Scholes has famously been absent from the receiving of MOTM awards and rarely in his 16-year career have we heard any off-field remarks from the former England midfielder. But hearing Scholes yesterday reminded me that he also recently spoke out about his reasons for not accepting Fabio Capello/Franco Baldini’s offer of a return to the international scene prior to the World Cup. Two Paul Scholes interviews in a month? What next, Fergie sending the BBC a Christmas card?

Of  course I’m most likely just being optimistic as it would be fascinating to find out more about arguably the most technically gifted English footballer of his generation. But just maybe as he nears retirement Scholes has become more comfortable with the media and with a bit of luck this season he’ll providing more quotes than Harry Redknapp in a transfer window.

Nb. Excellent to see one thing hasn’t changed for Scholes this season; it took less than six minutes of the new campaign for him to commit the 6,856th awful challenge of his career, Florent Malouda the unfortunate recipient on this occasion.