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Congratulations are most definitely in order for former Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo having won the Ballon D’Or for the second time in his career.
Since I started my blog a little over a year ago, I have constantly been asked: Who is your favourite player of all time at Manchester United? My answer was always Cristiano Ronaldo until he left for Real Madrid of course.
After his departure I never really thought I liked one player more than the other until this weekend when I was asked once again who my favourite player was or currently is.
Considering that Manchester United are going through one of their worse seasons in years and just suffered yet another defeat at the hands of Chelsea this weekend at Stamford Bridge, I took a really close look at the current squad and squads from the past when legends such as George Best, Sir Bobby Charlton and Eric Cantona made their mark.
After much consideration I decided that no other player (in my opinion) had a stronger impact at Manchester United than the one and only, Paul Scholes.
The 39 year old played his entire career at United and has been one of the best and most awe inspiring midfielders of all time.
Once Scoles had called time on his international career in 2004 and quit the national team, England were never the same without his commanding presence. A point Steven Gerrard made as well. It was quite the embarrassment when England did not even qualify for the Euro’s in 2008.
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He is very humble and not one to boast of his accomplishments or be arrogant about his skills and trickery on the field. After United lost to Manchester City in the last game of the season two years ago, Scholes came back from retirement to help United reach their record 20th EPL trophy. This clearly showed how dedicated of a player he truly was that when United were in need he was willing to step in and do his part.
His leadership, accurate passing, and ability to remain calm and not panic when things were not in United’s favour were also good attributes Scholes brought to the team.
I believe he also helped Michael Carrick become the astounding player he is today and settle in at Old Trafford. Especially when everyone was on his back about being an underrated player not worth the 30 million pounds sheded out for him.
Even a lot of United fans were critical at first but has since accepted Carrick. It is kind of ironic really considering United’s downward spiral in form since Carrick has been out injured.
To end on a lighter note, although he seemed to be a very quiet person, Paul Schloes had a reputation of being malicious when tackling his opponent. The fact that he has been sent off 10 times in his 19 year illustrious career says a lot yet it always seemed hilarious and entertaining coming from the small ginger haired boy.