A midfielder who could play deep, connect defense and attack, but also join attack and score goals, he was a pillar of United’s two decades of dominance under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Scholes was known for his clinically precise passes, his strength on the ball and his ability to reach the 18-meter surface at the right time to trigger his shooting boots with an often fatal effect.
Club man, he helped United win 11 Premier League titles, two Champions League triumphs, Club World Cup, Intercontinental Cup, three FA Cups and two League Cups – in short, almost everything what there is to gain at club level.
And since joining the team in 1993, Scholes has been with United until the end of Ferguson’s reign in 2013 – even though one season was as a coach before the midfielder came out of retirement for join his manager during a last triumph in the Premier League. before the two men withdraw from their respective roles.
Scholes was also a great player for the English teams of the late 1990s and early 2000s, and retired from international service with 14 goals in 66 games with three Lions.
He has certainly missed United during the club’s seven-year drought since the end of his playing career, while the qualities of the club legend have been praised by the greatest players in the game such as Xavi, Pelé and Thierry Henry.
Bruno Fernandes has recently been described by some observers as the closest thing the Red Devils have had to a Scholes-type player since hanging up on the boy.
But which modern players do men think most about their style?
“I would like to think I played a bit like Luka Modric,” said the 45-year-old on the Savage Social Podcast.
“He is different from me because he was faster than me, he can beat a man, but I see certain traits in him, like controlling a match. “
The other player who reminds Scholes of himself is one of Madrid’s playmaker Toni Kroos’s teammates.
“When I look at these two for Real Madrid in these great European Cup winning teams, those are the two,” said Scholes.
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“It’s probably more towards Toni Kroos, as a passer and more of a control player. He doesn’t really get physically involved with people and scores a strange goal here and there.
“I think if I had to choose between the two, I would be more like Kroos than Modric. “
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