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Scholes slams blues for lack of support

Submitted by on August 29, 2014 – 8:00 amNo Comment


Manchester United legend Paul Scholes hit out at the club’s blue rivals, for the poor atmosphere they create at European home games.

In his Independent newspaper column, the ginger prince claimed the lack of support at the Sheikh Stadium was due to City fans not being used to watching world class players. He said the backwards could not be blamed for sitting ‘open mouthed’ at what they were watching, rather than getting behind their team.

He said: “Over the three years that City have been in the Champions League, it has struck me that the home crowd at the Etihad Stadium could have done more to get behind their team. It feels to me that some of the City supporters are still getting used to the level of footballers they are watching and the quality of the opposition coming to their ground.

“I guess much of that is down to the places that City fans have had to watch their team play in the last 20 years. When you’ve followed your team to clubs like Lincoln City, Walsall and Macclesfield Town, for league fixtures, it is perhaps only natural that when Barcelona or Real Madrid or Bayern Munich are in town, you watch open-mouthed. But it won’t help their side.

“What City need to do is turn the Etihad into a hostile environment for away teams. At its best, Old Trafford on a midweek European night gave United’s players a real advantage.

“The City fans need to get to terms with the fact that they are now part of the elite and create an atmosphere that makes it difficult for away teams.”

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