Wayne Rooney has identified former midfielder Paul Scholes as the best player he ever played with at Manchester United.
The pair claimed eight major honours together, including five Premier League titles, before Scholes retired in 2013 along with Sir Alex Ferguson.
Rooney went on to claim three further trophies at Old Trafford ahead of joining Everton this summer, where he has already scored two goals.
And the 31-year-old, when asked about the finest player he shared the pitch with, didn’t hesitate in naming the diminutive midfielder.
“He was the one player who had that game-management, and the mind which would have allowed him to go and play anywhere,” he said.
“He could put his boots on now and still play, I’m sure. He was that good. If (England) we’d used him a bit more in his right position he could have certainly influenced a lot more games.”
Rooney isn’t alone in this notion. He may have played alongside more dazzling talents like Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Ruud van Nistelrooy, but there was something additionally precious about Scholes.
Without pace, strength or a good set of lungs, he rose above any other midfielder. Pontificating over the various tenets to his game, explaining why he was brilliant, defeats the objective in a way. He was just a genius, and Old Trafford – and the footballing world as a whole – will never see anything like him again.