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Paul Scholes reveals the three toughest midfield opponents he has ever faced

Paul Scholes, former Manchester United star

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has named the three toughest midfield opponents he has ever faced in his career.

Patrick Vieira, Robbie Savage, and Papa Bouba Diop were on the list of the 47-year-old, who retired in 2013 as the Red Devils’ third-highest ever appearance holder behind Bobby Charlton and Ryan Giggs.

“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,” Scholes explained when speaking on BBC Radio 5’s Savage Social show.

‘Then you play against people like you [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 Papa 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.”

Source: Daily Mail

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