MIAMI (AP) – Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has rubbished his reputation for being a poor tackler.
Scholes insists he was "just getting people back" after being fouled himself.
The former England international became known for a perceived technical weakness in tackles, particularly towards the end of his distinguished career.
But the midfielder, who retired this summer, told BBC Radio Five Live: "Of course I can tackle. There's plenty of evidence of being able to tackle.
"I was just getting people back. If someone got me early in the game it was always in the back of my mind that I needed to get them back.
"I didn't always do it on purpose, some of it was just bad timing, I suppose.
"But I think throughout my career the record wasn't that bad, there were not that many yellow cards. Well, I suppose a few yellow cards, but not many sendings-off. But I think towards the end every time I made one tackle I got booked, because of my reputation I suppose."