Paul Scholes admits sympathy for Carlos Tevez

Scholes admits sympathy for Tevez
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Paul Scholes says that he understands Carlos Tevez's refusal to play.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has said that he sympathises with former teammate Carlos Tevez over his refusal to play for Manchester City.

The ex-United midfielder also admitted that he refused to play in a League Cup tie in 2001, having been dropped for a previous game.

"I know Carlos quite well. He's a player who wants to be playing," Scholes told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"When he's a sub, it will be killing him. I'm not saying he is right - it's totally up to the manager."

The 36-year-old revealed that he refused Alex Ferguson after being selected in a weakened team for a 2001 League Cup clash with Arsenal.

"You think you should be playing and my head was all over the place. I realise it was stupid," Scholes added.

"I let the manager down and it was something I regretted. It's probably similar to Carlos Tevez's state of mind if it is true he refused to come on.

"Considering what I did, the manager was well within his rights to sack me and do whatever he wanted me to do with me. I went to apologise as soon as I realised I'd made a massive mistake."

Scholes retired from playing in May this year to take up a coaching role at United.

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