Manchester United legend Paul Scholes discusses 'diving' v Liverpool

Paul Scholes

The now pundit and columnist has been speaking about his tumble v Liverpool in 2003.

At the weekend the contentious topic of diving, or 'simulation', once again reared its head, when Chelsea defender Gary Cahill went to ground against Hull City.

But one man with a little bit of sympathy for the England international was former Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.

The now pundit, who writes a weekly column for The Independent, discussed how he felt sorry for Cahill who had simply done what many before him had done, albeit unsuccessfully.

He then went on to discuss his own experiences of diving in football:

"No-one wants to see diving or cheating in the game, but there is a very fine line to be trodden. If you get nudged, pushed or tripped in the area, you have to go down. We were told that by Sir Alex before every game...

"I felt that one of my strengths was nicking the ball away from defenders in the penalty area. It was about being cute. If you moved the ball away from where they were headed and paused fractionally, then there was a good chance that the defender would be unable to stop himself, and take you out."

It is interesting how he differentiates between a dive and drawing a foul. For many they are the same, for others completely different. And he even highlighted two examples of when he had done this very thing.

Including during a game against Liverpool in 2003. Manchester United

There are two penalties I won for United that stand out in my mind. The first was Tomas Repka’s challenge on me at Upton Park in 2002 in a 5-3 win for United. The other is Igor Biscan’s foul on me at Old Trafford in a 4-0 win over Liverpool in 2003. On both occasions I got to the ball first and the defender was not quick enough to stop himself ploughing into me. That is a foul anywhere else on the pitch, and therefore a penalty in the area."

United won that game against ten-man Liverpool 4-0, but some highly contentious decisions from Mike riley stuck in the throat of Liverpool fans, and to this day still do.

Including what many felt, and still feel, was a dive from Scholes.

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