Best quotes about Paul Scholes as football legends sum up how great Man Utd icon was
To celebrate his 47th birthday, Mirror Football takes a look at the best quotes about Paul Scholes, one of the best midfielders of all time:
“Scholes is the best I’ve played with and he helped me a lot when I was young. He’s amazing.”
“The things he could do with the ball, he obviously wasn’t the quickest but he was so sharp you couldn’t get near him. I remember knowing that at the back end of my career I’d be going back into midfield so I was almost studying him and watching him in training and games. It was brilliant for me, first hand, to watch him and learn.”
“No celebrity bull****, no self promotion – an amazingly gifted player who remained an unaffected human being.”Information Guide Nigeria
“He’ll do ridiculous things in training like say, ‘You see that tree over there?’ – it’ll be 40 yards away – ‘I’m going to hit it’. And he’ll do it. Everyone at the club considers him the best.
” Brian Kidd adored him. Sir Alex said, ‘If he doesn’t become a football player we can all pack it in,’…and that was when he was 18. I get to the end of my career and I say he’s the best player that I ever played with.”
“People say he is a great player, but you have to define what a great player is. For me, it is a player who has a bottom level that means his worst performance is not noticed.
“Scholes, of all the players I have played with, has the highest bottom level. His reading of the game is unsurpassed.
“He has an eye for a pass, for what the play or the game needs at that precise moment, that I have never seen anyone else have.”
Sir Bobby Charlton
“I have no hesitation in putting a name to the embodiment of all that I think is best about football. It’s Paul Scholes.
“Many great players have worn the shirt of Manchester United. Players I worshipped, then lost with my youth in Munich.
“Players like Denis Law and George Best who I enjoyed so much as team-mates and now, finally, players I have watched closely in the Alex Ferguson era. And in so many ways Scholes is my favourite.
“I love his nous and conviction that he will find a way to win, to make the killer pass or produce the decisive volley. When a game reaches a vital phase, these qualities seem to come out of his every pore.
“He’s always on the ball, always turning on goal. He’s always looking to bring other people into the action and if he loses possession you think he must be ill.
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Sir Alex Ferguson
“When he joined us as a little runt of a lad at 13 years of age he was about four foot 10 or something and we had great doubts whether he’d grow. Fortunately he did and he became the player we all saw.
“Over 718 games and 155 goals, absolutely fantastic career. And bearing in mind he had some injury problems which would have put him him alongside Ryan and Sir Bobby I am sure of that.
“That apart, what a career… and the goals he scored – unbelievable. He was the absolute perfect player and no matter how many great players we have had in the past at Manchester United, Paul sits in the great pantheon of those players, there is no question about that.”
“He’s always one of those people others talk about. Even playing at Real Madrid, the players always say to me ‘what’s he like?’ They respect him as a footballer and see him as the ultimate.”
“[Manchester] United always had many amazing players, but whenever we faced them we were always, always, always scared of what Paul Scholes could do. Ask anyone from that old Arsenal team, they will tell you the same.
“If you let him play, he can kill you, and for me he was so underrated. The way he plays: one touch, arriving late into the box, the way he strikes the ball, his vision, his passing. Incredible.
“I know people used to give him some stick for his tackling, but I liked that. He put his foot in, showed some character, had a go, but I liked that about him too. For me he is one of the best midfielders I have ever seen.”
“At La Masia, his name was mentioned a lot. He’s a teacher.”
“He’s almost untouchable in what he does. I never tire of watching him play. You rarely come across the complete footballer, but Scholes is as close to it as you can get.
“One of my regrets is that the opportunity to play alongside him never presented itself during my career.”
“[He was] a role model. For me – and I really mean this – he’s the best central midfielder I’ve seen in the last 15, 20 years. I’ve spoken to Xabi Alonso about him.
“He’s spectacular, he has it all: the last pass, goals, he’s strong, he doesn’t lose the ball, vision. If he’d been Spanish he might have been rated more highly. Players love him.”
“Out of everyone at Manchester United, I would pick out Scholes – he is the best midfielder of his generation. I would have loved to have played alongside him.”JAMB Result
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