Scholes, Neville relishing the ‘big games like Leeds’ for Salford

Date published: Monday 12th August 2019 2:49 - Robert McCarthy

Salford part-owners Paul Scholes and Phil Neville hope Tuesday night’s home Carabao Cup clash with Leeds provides a taste of what lies ahead for the club.

The Ammies are gearing up for one of the biggest games in the club’s history and former Manchester United stars Scholes and Neville are relishing the first-round tie against Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

England Women coach Neville said: “It is a big game. It’s probably the biggest team we’ve ever had, played against or had to the Peninsula Stadium.

“It’s the type of night we want, it’s the type of team we want to be playing against.”

Salford are co-owned by businessman Peter Lim, who has a 40 per cent stake, plus Phil and Gary Neville, Scholes, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt, who have 10 per cent each.

They won promotion to the English Football League for the first time last season after beating Fylde 3-0 in the National League play-off final at Wembley.

Since the ‘Class of 92’ bought shares in 2014, Salford have won promotion four times, and Scholes has lofty ambitions for the club.

“Where do we go the next five or 10 years? Who knows?” Scholes added. “I know it’s a long way off, but the target has to be getting to the Premier League at some point.

“We want the big games like Leeds. I don’t think in the whole draw we could have got a bigger or better club, so we’re looking forward to it.”

Scholes and Neville were speaking as TalkTalk and Salford celebrated a new five-year partnership, with fellow part-owners Giggs and Gary Neville also in attendance.


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