PAUL SCHOLES is expecting Jose Mourinho to take a keen interest in Oldham’s results — starting tonight.
Manchester United legend Scholes was one of the Special One’s fiercest critics during the Portuguese’s turbulent final few months at Old Trafford.
His most stinging assessment came back in October when he announced Mourinho was “embarrassing” his former club.
Now after Scholes was appointed manager of his hometown club Oldham yesterday, the boot is firmly on the other foot.
Mourinho has been out of work for almost two months since being sacked by United on December 18 — and has plenty of time on his hands. Scholes makes his debut in the Latics’ dugout for Yeovil’s visit tonight.
And asked if Mourinho will take a keen interest in events at Boundary Park now, he smiled and said: “I think he will be watching results, yeah.
“Whether he will be watching the games, I am not too sure. I wanted to get into the punditry anyway but I’ve left myself wide open. I have been quite critical.
“I don’t think we will get many pundits watching — but if we are losing games I’’m sure people will pop up.”
United’s interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his old team-mate may have to get his tin hat on.
Solskjaer said: “All the best! I’ve watched some of the pundits and he’s been asking for it.
“He’s a great player and personality and it’s a challenge for him.
“It’s not what he thought he was going to do as a player but it’s that drug of football. Paul loves football.
“He’s just round the corner so it’ll be good to watch Oldham.”
While Mourinho found it hard to stay quiet when experts had a go at him, Scholes insists he could not care less.
He added: “They can say what they want. I have never really understood why players and managers take notice of what pundits say.
“They are just giving an opinion on the game and get paid for doing so. If anyone wants to have a dig at me, I won’t be taking any notice. The only person I answer to is the owner.”
While it is a safe bet Mourinho will not be ringing Scholes to say ‘Well done’, the former England midfielder knows plenty of other people will — including Sir Alex Ferguson and the other members of the Class of ’92.
Scholes, 44, said: “I’m sure Sir Alex is on the other end of the phone.
“The gaffer will want me to do well and if I need any help from him, I’ll be ringing him, of course I will.
“There’s Gary Neville with what he did in Valencia and Ryan Giggs with Wales and under Louis van Gaal, so there’s a lot of different experiences.
“I’ll definitely be speaking to them a lot. When I’m not quite sure what to do I’ll be looking to them for advice.
“I can’t say I want the lads to play like Manchester United just yet but I want them to play an entertaining style of football.”
Scholes lives just 15 minutes from Boundary Park.
And even when he was starring for United and England, he would queue up for tickets with his kids and watch them when he had a spare Saturday.
This club is in his blood and they badly need a lift, languishing in 14th place in League Two — their lowest league position since the early 1970s.
He said: “My dad was a big Oldham fan — home and away. I used to go in the old Chaddy End. It was great to watch under Joe Royle.
“It was a big football town for a good while in the 90s and it’d be nice to get that back. We’ll try.
“I needed to give it a go. I’ve been excited about it for a good while now and didn’t sleep much on Sunday night.
“It might be the biggest mistake of my life — or the best thing I ever did.”