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What was it like playing alongside Juan Veron?

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has given a brutal summary of what it was like playing alongside Juan Sebastian Veron, branding their partnership “a disaster”. Veron became the most expensive player in English football when he joined United in 2001 for £28.1 million from Lazio. After two seasons, he was sold to Chelsea for £15 million, and Scholes, an 11-time Premier League winner, admits he and Veron did not get along because neither was defensive-minded. Alamy Scholes explained on the latest episode of Gary Neville’s The Overlap Xtra: “I played with Nicky [Butt], I played with Roy [Keane] – Michael Carrick.” I had a great time playing with all of them. It wasn’t fun playing with people who were attacking people; I needed someone who was really good at that position.” “Someone like Veron, you mean?” Neville interjected. Alamy Scholes responded by explaining why he and Veron weren’t a good fit, adding that he had the same issue with Anderson and needed the sitting midfielder to free him up. “Yeah, Veron and I were a disaster,” Scholes admitted. “I believe Anderson and I did it once.” Simply put, it’s not working, is it? Just two lads who don’t care about defense and are unfamiliar with the [defensive] position.” However, it worked better with a Michael, Roy, or Nicky. They knew they were great at that position. “I didn’t know the position very well, and I didn’t play in it very well, as you know.” Alamy Scholes played for United his entire career, scoring 155 goals from midfield in 718 appearances. In the interview, he also revealed that Ferguson’s team talk nearly brought him to tears after Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp goal against QPR snatched the title away from United on the final day of the 2011/12 season. Scholes had come out of retirement in the middle of the season and was distraught in the Sunderland away dressing room following the late drama. “I almost cried,” he confessed. “It made it worse because we didn’t think City playing QPR would be a problem.” “We didn’t think we’d won the league [at full-time] when we went to Sunderland.” You don’t believe that, do you?” SPORTbible Stories is a brand-new podcast from LADbible’s SPORT team. The latest episode features a chat with WWE legend Triple H who opens up on his long in-ring career, his rivalry with The Rock during WWE’s Attitude Era and Logan Paul’s fledgling wrestling career. The episode can be viewed here.