Manchester United’s Chris Smalling has named Paul Scholes as the greatest player he has ever watched in his career.
Smalling and Scholes played together at Man United before the latter retired for a second time in 2013.
Smalling has gone from strength to strength this season and he has deservedly earned a number of plaudits for his displays. The English defender lavished praise on Scholes in a recent interview with manutd.com.
When asked who the greatest player he had watched was, Smalling said: “I would have to say Paul Scholes. Once you have played with him close up, you can see that what he has is something that can’t be taught.
“He is a natural. He would receive the ball and know exactly what was around him. He’d know when to play a simple pass or wait for the opposition to come close and then pass at the right moment. It was something special to watch.”
United could certainly do with a player like Scholes now as they continue to struggle in front of goal under Louis van Gaal.
Scholes’ vision, passing and all-round play was second to none and he is rightly regarded as one of the best players to have ever played for the club. Smalling, while appreciative of Scholes’ talents, will of course put sentiment to one side ahead of the game against West Ham United this weekend.