Milner: Scholes should shut up

The England international dismissed criticism from the Manchester United legend, who suggested the Premier League champions were underestimating their opposition

Milner rejects Scholes criticism: No arrogance at Manchester City

James Milner has rejected Paul Scholes’s assessment that Manchester City‘s stuttering form is down to “arrogance”, but admits the players are aware of the need to improve.

The former Manchester United midfielder claimed, ahead of Sunday’s derby which City won 1-0, that the Premier League champions were struggling due to underestimating their opposition.

“There is something about them,” Scholes said. “You may even call it a touch of arrogance – that they don’t have to take their opposition into consideration.”

Sunday’s 1-0 win was City’s first in four games after losses to Newcastle and West Ham, but Milner is confident the squad are better than anyone on their day.

Milner told reporters: “We go out there with a game plan, and if we hit our standards we can beat anyone – we’ve proved that.

“We’ve not been at our strongest over the last few weeks, and the players know that. It’s down to us to change that, and the derby win will go a long way to changing it.

“We didn’t play as well as we can but it was all about the win.”

Milner has faith in City’s squad and urged critics to assess Manuel Pellegrini & Co. after the upcoming busy festive schedule.

“We can improve performance-wise, but it was all about getting a win and Wednesday is the same. We have to get three points and if we play to our level we will,” he added.

“It’s a busy period now – we have an international break coming up but then games come thick and fast and Christmas is always a tough time.

“The league table always seems to change dramatically going into December, and again coming out of it.

“So of we can keep getting the results and get one or two boys back from injury, I am sure we can be in a good position going into the end of the season.”

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