Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater has revealed that he looked up to Paul Scholes during his time at Manchester United.
Drinkwater, who was born in Manchester, graduated from Man United’s academy but a lack of first team opportunities saw him leave the club in 2012.
Since joining Leicester City, Drinkwater has established himself as an integral part of Claudio Ranieri’s side as they close in on the Premier League title. The Englishman insisted that he enjoyed the experience of learning from Scholes.
“People like Paul Scholes were in my way at United — what are you going to do with that?” Drinkwater said.
“You just look at him as an idol. I have watched him since I was a little kid. I couldn’t have had a much better teacher.”
United could certainly do with a player of Drinkwater’s calibre right now. His performances, considered to be crucial in Leicester’s rise this season, have earned rave reviews.
Of course, hindsight is 20/20 but it is a pity that Drinkwater wasn’t given a real chance in the first team like players such as Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Marcus Rashford have this term. Hopefully Drinkwater goes on to win the title.