Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was particularly aggrieved by Scholes’ tackling claiming his challenges were ‘unfair and not clumsy’.
Always maintaining a stance of innocence, now Scholes has retired he has come clean.
Speaking to Radio 5 Live the midfielder revealed that he can indeed tackle but sometimes revenge was on the agenda with some of his poorer attempts,
“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.”
Despite this admission he also claimed that he wasn’t actually a dirty player as it was claimed and that it was his reputation that got him in trouble rather than the actual challenges,
“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.”