Man Utd icon Paul Scholes names his three toughest Premier League opponents

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes.

Paul Scholes left Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard off the list (Photo: Getty)

Paul Scholes has rejected people like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard as he named his three toughest Premier League opponents.

Scholes played 718 times for Manchester United during a fantastic 19 years at the club, during which time he won 11 top titles, three FA Cups and two Champions Leagues.

The now 47-year-old put an end to his playing career in 2013 as United’s third highest appearances ever, behind Bobby Charlton and his former teammates Ryan Giggs.

And the former United midfielder has now revealed the three toughest Premier League stars he played against, a list that includes two very surprising names.

‘When I played central midfield, I like to go into matches and think’ I just want all the time in the world here, just no one around me, just find a little bit of space and send the ball around ‘, told BBC Radio 5’s Savage Social show.

‘Then you play against people like you [Robbie Savage]. An absolute nuisance, trying to shut you down dead fast. I do not want that, I just want it nice and relaxed.

Ex-Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage.

Former Derby and Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage managed the cut (Photo: Getty)

– The way I played did not really have to beat people or be stronger, faster than the other person.

‘I suppose Patrick Vieira, you play against him, he’s so tall, he’s so big. You think you have the ball, and the next moment he hits it over your head, he was a clever player too.

‘There is one more that people do not think of. We used to play against Portsmouth. Do you remember Pape Bouba Diop? Large, massive. They used to call him the wardrobe.

‘You get physically involved with him and you waste your time. I’ve always found him awkward to play against. He was not a Vieira, of course he was not, but he still had talent. ‘

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