Scholes - I could've been sold
Paul Scholes admits he could easily have been sold by Man Utd after refusing to play in a League Cup tie.
Last Updated: 31/07/11 12:01pm
Paul Scholes has revealed he could easily have been sold by Manchester United after refusing to play in a League Cup tie a decade ago.
The midfielder retired at the end of last season after a glittering career at Old Trafford, but he admits it could have turned out much differently.
The former England international says he declined to play in a League Cup encounter against Arsenal in 2001, which United ended up losing 4-0.
Scholes did not want to be part of a shadow side for the game and concedes United boss Sir Alex Ferguson would have been within his rights to sell him.
"I don't know why I did what I did in 2001, but it is something I really regretted doing," Scholes is quoted as saying in several national newspapers.
"I wasn't in a great mood. I had been left out the Liverpool game the previous weekend and I knew that the team going down to Arsenal in the cup was basically a reserve side.
"I just got a bee in my bonnet that I wasn't happy with things. I had my reasons but it was stupid really.
"I ended up getting fined and having to apologise, but I was lucky. The manager would have been within his rights to get rid of me."