Scholes names ‘awkward’ Arsenal man as toughest Man Utd opponent

Former Man Utd midfielder Paul Scholes has named “awkward” Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira as his toughest opponent.

Scholes names ‘awkward’ Arsenal man as toughest Man Utd opponent

Scholes names ‘awkward’ Arsenal man as toughest Man Utd opponent

Scholes and Vieira enjoyed numerous battles in the middle of the park with Arsenal and Manchester United going head-to-head for titles during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The Frenchman won three Premier League titles under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal in the best period of their recent history, while Scholes won an astonishing 11 titles under Sir Alex Ferguson at Man Utd.

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“As a player I played against Vieira was brilliant,” Scholes told the A Goal In One podcast. “The way I played there was never an opponent I had to be fitter than, stronger than, more physical than. I was never that type of player, I was a passing player.

“I could beat players with passing but Vieira he was just so awkward, so tall, so long, so leggy. Just when you thought you had it he would nick it over your head.

“He was just so awkward to play against but what a really good player. He wasn’t just a holding player, he got himself forward, he could score goals, he could make goals. He had great energy.

“Whenever people ask me who’s the best I played against [Okay maybe] not the best [ability wise] but the most awkward I played against it was Vieira.”

 

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