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What Does Scholes Think Of Anderson, Carrick, Hargreaves and Fletcher?

For the final third of the 2005-2006 season, Ryan Giggs and John O’Shea proved to be the best central midfield pairing we had. Our team was ravaged by injuries, meaning even the likes of Richardson had a stint in the centre of our midfield. It was painful.

Times have changed vastly since then, with Sir Alex Ferguson being spoilt for choice when it comes to our midfield options.

In a season where United were crowned Champions of England and Europe, Ferguson rotated the midfield positions frequently, and our best combination has still not been decided upon.

So what does Scholes make of his competition?

Michael is a top player who brings a relaxed nature to the team. He can pick the ball up anywhere on the pitch and pass it long or short. He can also tackle and score goals, so he can do everything. He’s just a really good player to play with.

I knew Owen before he joined from our England days. He’s a great athlete who gets about the pitch very well and is a good passer of the ball. Last season was a bit stop-start for him because of injuries, but once he got some more games under his belt, he proved what a top player he is.

All the players know what a quality player Fletch is. He was unfortunate not to play for parts of last season, but you have to give him credit for sticking at it. He never moaned, he just continued to train well every day and more than anyone he deserved his chance. Whenever he plays he’s fantastic for the team and he showed that against Arsenal in the FA Cup victory back in February. It was unbelievable to see the way he ran about, despite not having really played for a couple of months.

He improved as last season went on and is a great prospect. It’s a well known fact that foreign players can take time to settle, but in truth it didn’t take him that long. He’s been fantastic whenever he’s played. He’s only 20-years-old so it’s amazing to think what he could achieve in his career.

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  1. jimmy Bob says:

    the above all have talents but are creative enough or get enough goals to replace scholes?

    maybe well have to bring in someone like this arshvin guy to replace him when he does go

  2. Tom F says:

    Jimmy Bob… c’mon, Scholes’ Goals Galore days are over. Didn’t he score 2 last season in all competitions? Although it was worth the wait for the one at OT against Barca.

    Carrick can score, we’ve seen it against Roma, so he has no excuses really. Fletcher can also score, when he plays that is.

    Anderson will grow into a bigger box to box player and before long with some experience and general growth in skill he will be getting on the end of crosses at the right time, like a young Roy Keane I hope.

    Hargreaves has got my money on becoming our next free kick taker, should our current one walk. He also is very threatening when he is given license to break into the opponents third of the pitch.

    Despite this nobody in world football could replace the Ginger Prince. Can’t wait for me new ‘He Scores Goals Galore’ T-Shirt…


  3. KingOfZamunda says:

    Tom F- my sentiments exactly!!

  4. jimmy Bob says:

    Fair point, but do you think anyone of the above can get us lots of goals from centre midfield or even set many up

    anderson has loads of energy , loves a tackle but appears to be the 1 brazilian who cant shoot for toffee!

    carrick is imo under rated and does a great job but he’s not a dozen goals a season man

    OH great from set pieces and a great crosser of the ball but doesn’t seem to have many goals in his locker

    as for scholes he has been superb for us , u guys think next year will be his last?

    maybe finish off with oldham?

  5. Tom F says:

    KoZ.. I will just write for you from now (but only for 10 quid per character)


  6. blindkat says:

    I love our midfield we have got everything you could want .I want to big up someone who didn’t get mentioned here the way Ji-Sung plays is amazing I love his energy and the way he runs full out all the time always trying to make something happen. I know this article was about the other guys but I wanted to give my man Park some love. BIG UP JI-SUNG

  7. Craig Mc says:

    Nani will be the right or left sided midfiellder with many assists next season. Only for Scolari’s ineptitude Portugal would have not lost to Germany, but he didn’t bring Nani on early enough. Nani lobbing those pinpoint crosses into the box in the last 15 minutes when he got on the pitch, would have resulted in goals if Portugal had a decent CF.

    Hargo is just so brilliant, and dependable, with great crosses into the box when he plays RMF. Carrick can’t tackle – sorry Scholesy!. Anderson can tackle and he and Tev are our combatants in the hustle. We will be okay, with or without CR7.

  8. ELiam says:

    Some of You are wrong saying that Anderson cant score. He has a brilliant left foot, and he will eventually score and become more confident and after that there will be no stopping him ;)

    Just watch some of his goals/shots on Youtube.

  9. Drew Vader says:

    so what do we think the prefered partnership will be this season??

    I think its going to be, unless i’m proven wrong by a new signing or some such, and thinking we stick mainly to a traditional 4-4-2, i think its going to be Carrick and Andersonsonson

    I like to see british lads in the side, but seriously, i think a CM partnership of Veloso and Andersonsonson or De Rossi and Andersonsonson could be outstanding. Will we sign either of those players? Prolly not, but i still think those two combinations could completely dominate games.

  10. Tushar says:

    Anderson just needs to start scoring. He;s got a wonderful left foot but it feels dull when atleast 1 out of the 10 long range shots he makes at goal does not even be on target. If he improves his shooting, my bet’s on Anderson being the ultimate replacement for Scholsi.
    Nani is a super sub, whenever the situations tight bring on the Argentinian glory boy and Nani will feed damn good balls into the box.Who is better than Tevez on the end of it?

  11. tomas says:

    Scholes goal scoring days over? He knocked Barca out with that wondergoal.


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