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Liverpool still our rivals, says Scholes

Published: January 9, 2013 | 11:04 am
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Paul Scholes of Manchester United is tackled by Fabricio Coloccini of Newcastle United during the Premier League match at Old Trafford December 26, 2012 in Manchester, England
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Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has dismissed the idea that Liverpool are no longer their rivals.

Liverpool have all fallen off the pace in the Premier League in recent years, finishing outside the top four in the last three seasons.

The 38-year-old, who returned to football last season after coming out of retirement, still believes the rivalry is one of the best there is.

Scholes said: “I think it was the top one for quite some while.

“Liverpool probably haven’t done as well as they’d have liked over the last few years – and they’d probably admit that.

“But it’s definitely still right up there, it’ll always be right up there.”

United’s rivalry with Manchester City has grown tremendously in the last four years, thanks to City’s new found wealth but the veteran midfielder still regards the Reds as their biggest rivals.

“Whether Manchester City have overtaken Liverpool now (as United’s biggest rivals), I don’t know…it’ll probably take years for City to create what Liverpool have done.

“But Liverpool historically are our biggest rivals, they’re always the biggest games and the best atmospheres. But I’m sure City will run them close.”

The former England international has made a total of 38 appearances and scored five goals since his return from retirement and he says he is happy that he made the decision to come back.

“I just wanted to come back playing, and I’m glad I did,” he said. “At the time there were a lot of injuries and I thought maybe I could help, so I tried to.

“The second half of last season I played quite often. Unfortunately we just fell short of winning the league; that was disappointing, but I’m glad I came back.”

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