Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard joined Manchester United legends Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand on the pundits bench this week and one comment from the Merseyside hero left Scholes struggling to keep a straight face.
Featuring on BT Sport’s coverage of the latest Champions League group stage on Wednesday, Gerrard found himself speaking about Jose Mourinho and his oft-lamented ‘park the bus’ approach to games.
The Portuguese has long been accused of the tactic in order to either protect a lead and frustrate the opposition and following a devastatingly prolific start to the current season, recent fixtures have seen Manchester United revert to the unsightly approach.
This was most evident last weekend when United travelled to Anfield for their clash with Liverpool.
There, totally overshadowed by the home side, United parked the bus and saw out a scoreless draw.
Now, as Mourinho’s side take on Benfica in Portugal, Gerrard spoke of the tactic and conceded that for him, as someone who never won the Premier League, Mourinho’s tactical management is vindicated if they, or any other side uses such approach, goes on to win the league.
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Scholes doing his best not to laugh at Gerrard's lack of league titles, here. pic.twitter.com/AFyT2vp1NL
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However accurate or insightful Gerrard’s comments were, it was the mention of him never having won the Premier League that tickled Scholes to the point where he was seen to almost break into a grin.
With a total of eleven Premier League titles under his belt, Scholes is one of the most successful Premier League stars ever and to see his on-field rival remind everyone of his own lack of a Premier League winners medal was almost too much to handle.
Old rivalries die hard seemingly.