Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has backed-up his ex-England team-mate Jamie Carragher by ripping into the craze of taking post-match dressing room pictures.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show, Carragher criticised Aaron Ramsey and his Arsenal team-mates for taking a snap behind the scenes at the Etihad after their 2-0 win against Manchester City last weekend. And Scholes has followed suit – although there is a time and a place for sharing the victories with your fans.
It was Aaron Ramsey doing it on Sunday after Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium, although I am told he is by no means the only offender.
In my world the dressing room was sacrosanct. The only time anyone was permitted to take pictures in there was when we had won a trophy. Unless I am wrong, Arsenal only got three points for beating City. It wasn’t the European Cup final.
Scholes spent over 20 years at Manchester United, where this kind of behaviour was unacceptable under manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
If you want a measure of how private a place the dressing room was when I was growing up at Manchester United, consider this: even Sir Alex Ferguson would knock before coming into the dressing room at the Cliff, the old training ground.
The dressing room is for the players, and the players only. It was a rule respected by all the staff at Old Trafford.
Dressing room pictures are commonplace these days, although Ferguson did his utmost to stop his United players posting them to social media sites according to Scholes.
In my final couple of years at United we had one player, new to the team and young, who posted a picture from the dressing room on Instagram or Twitter.
I won’t embarrass him by naming him because that too would contradict the rules about what stays private. Safe to say, the manager went ballistic and the player never did it again.