Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Paul Scholes was being ‘very harsh’ after claiming he had been ‘conned’ by Anthony Martial last season.
Scholes hailed the Frenchman towards the end of the previous campaign, saying: ‘He can beat a man, he’s a man who can score goals and he’s got everything you want in a great centre-forward.’
However, Scholes backtracked on those remarks just three games into Manchester United’s season, claiming he had been ‘conned’ by the former Monaco man.
Martial was sent off in the humiliating 6-1 defeat to Tottenham and Scholes consequently took back his praise of the 24-year-old.
‘These forwards are exceptionally talented lads. We all know that,’ Scholes told Stadium Astro.
‘The problem with United’s forwards is that none of them is an actual centre-forward.
‘Martial almost conned us into thinking he was one at the end of last season because he scored so many goals and was quite good. He’s started this season quite poorly again, which makes you think he isn’t. It’s misleading.’
Martial was back in United’s starting XI to face Paris Saint-Germain as he served the first game of a three-match suspension against Newcastle on the weekend.
United took the lead in the first half through a Bruno Fernandes penalty but the hosts levelled when Martial headed into his own net from a corner.
However, Rashford was on hand late in the game to smash home a winner to give United all three points in their first group game.
Speaking before the own goal, Ferdinand took the opportunity to defend the Frenchman, describing Scholes’ criticism as ‘very harsh’.
‘I think it was very harsh from Scholes, Ferdinand told BT.
‘He scored 23 goals with 9 assists as a no. 9. He proved his worth.
‘It’s not an easy feat and he’s gone and done it.’