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Paul Scholes names his three toughest Premier League opponents

Ali Shibil Roshan
Paul Scholes is a Man Utd legend
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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has named the three toughest Premier League opponents he faced in his illustrious career.

Scholes, now 47, is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation. He is also a Man Utd legend, having spent the entirety of his club football career with the Red Devils.

Scholes played for Man Utd for 19 seasons, and faced several world-class opponents during the time. He has now named Robbie Savage, Patrick Vieira and Papa Bouba Diop as his three toughest Premier League opponents.

"When I played central midfield I like to go into games thinking ‘I just want to have all the time in the world here, just nobody around me, just find a little bit of space and pass the ball around," he told BBC Radio 5’s Savage Social show [via Metro]. "Then you play against people like you [Robbie Savage]. An absolute nuisance, trying to close you down dead quick. I don’t want that, I just want it nice and relaxed.

"The way I played I didn’t really have to beat people or be stronger, quicker than the other person.

"I suppose Patrick Vieira, you play against him he is so long, he is so big. You think you’ve got the ball, and the next minute he nicks it over your head, he was a clever player as well.

"There’s one more that people won’t think of. We used to play against Portsmouth. Do you remember Pape Bouba Diop? Big, massive. They used to call him the wardrobe.

"You get involved physically with him and you’re wasting your time. I always found him awkward to play against. He wasn’t a Vieira, of course he wasn’t, but he still had talent."


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