Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been voted the Premier League’s best midfielder, by a Sky Sports poll which allowed supporters to take their pick.
The vote came ahead of Steven Gerrard’s final home game for Liverpool, with the battle between him, Scholes and Frank Lampard an on-running debate over the past decade or so.
Scholes took a narrow victory in the poll, with Gerrard a close second, but another United legend in Roy Keane received just 4% of the vote.
Whilst the longevity of the attacking trio and the goals they’ve scored due to their attacking nature, it’s no surprise to see Keane so low down, but many United fans may actually prefer Keane’s tenacity, leadership and strength over Scholes.
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Either way, the two made up the greatest centre midfield partnership the Premier League has ever seen and Keane’s constant rivalry with Arsenal’s Patrick Vieira also warmed him to the hearts of United fans.
Despite a bitter feud with Sir Alex Ferguson tainting his legacy at Old Trafford in the eyes of some, Keane and Scholes formed a superb understanding and Scholes’ spot at the top of the poll will be justified to those who recognised his incredible talent.
Scholes hit a superb 107 Premier League goals from midfield across a career spanning 20 years at Old Trafford, before finally retiring after an 18-month comeback in 2013.