It's not often I agree with Fergie, but he's right about Paul Scholes' red card at Spurs

Having had my fair share of disputes and run-ins with Sir Alex Ferguson, like many in my profession, it's not often I find common ground with the combustible Manchester United boss.

But having watched several replays of Paul Scholes' red card against Tottenham at the weekend, I have to agree with Fergie's claim that the United midfielder was sent off because of his long-standing reputation as a dodgy tackler.

Both Fergie and Scholes would be the first to admit the 34-year-old has never mastered the art of winning back possession within the laws of the game.

Nine red cards, which are an ugly blot on an otherwise distinguished career for Scholes, are testimony to that assertion.

But Scholes was undeserving of his second yellow card against Tottenham, when he clearly tried to pull out of a challenge with Tom Huddlestone, only for his momentum to send him unintentionally clattering into the Spurs midfielder.

Current FA regulations do not permit clubs to appeal when two yellow cards are issued, so Scholes will miss this weekend's Manchester derby at Old Trafford, which seems a high price to pay for a challenge which was not malicious or nasty, just clumsy.

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