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Scot defends midfielder but admits tackling could be better…

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at Arsene Wenger after the Arsenal boss’ comments about midfielder Paul Scholes.

As previously reported on Goal.com, the Frenchman admitted that the veteran was one of the greatest footballers in England but also commented that he had a 'darker side' that Wenger did not like.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Ferguson has defended his player by responding to the Arsenal manager’s comments, although he did concede that the former England man’s tackling was not the best.

“I don't know why Arsene Wenger said that," said the Scot. "When you are asked your opinion about someone with the ability and performance level of Paul Scholes I don't see why you should say that.

"It is very easy to look at the dark side of any player. I could say it about one of the Arsenal  players in particular and everybody knows that but there is no need.

"Paul [Scholes] is not the best tackler but he has not injured anyone in his time here.

"You should focus on the strengths and abilities he shows and also the contribution he has made to English football over 18 years. It is phenomenal."

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