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Man Utd academy kids are mollycoddled, admits Scholes

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says today's young footballers are too mollycoddled.

Scholes has been working with Nicky Butt's United U19 squad this season.

He told the Mail on Sunday: "Kids, particularly at big clubs, are mollycoddled. I was talking to Nicky [Butt] because we had the Under-19s this week in Leverkusen: there is nothing streetwise about them. They are almost trying to be manufactured into players whereas when we were growing up, we had to look after ourselves.

"We had to get three buses in the morning to get to Carrington [training ground], now they are dropped off, they are picked up in a minibus at the training ground, taken to school. They don't really have the tough part of life of trying to look after yourself. And sometimes it does show. Sometimes they are a little bit quiet when they play, or not as tough or streetwise that you need to be on the football field. I am not saying the players are weak. It is not the players' fault, it is just the way the world has gone. We had advantages without knowing it."

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