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Friday, 21 September 2018

Alex Ferguson identifies best English midfielder ever


Former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, has sent a heartfelt message to his former midfielder, Paul Scholes.
Ferguson said football legends such as Andre Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Andrea Pirlo, have all recognised Scholes as the best English midfielder ever.
Scholes made 718 appearances for the Red Devils, winning 11 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues in that time.
The Association of Former Manchester United Players paid special tribute to the former England midfielder on their 33rd annual charity sportsman’s dinner in what was a celebration of the midfielder’s 22-year association with the club.
Ferguson was among the many speakers who thanked the ex-England man for his services.
“When he joined us as a little runt of a lad at 13 years of age he was about four foot 10 and we had great doubts whether he’d grow.
“Fortunately, that was the case and he became the player we all saw. Over 718 games and 155 goals, absolutely fantastic career.
“Bearing in mind he had some injury problems which would have put him alongside Ryan and Sir Bobby I am sure of that. That apart what a career and the goals he scored – unbelievable.
“He was the absolute perfect player and no matter how many great players we have had in the past Paul sits in the great pantheon of those players no question about that.
“And I had read one or two bits by former players, Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Andrea] Pirlo and they all recognise him as the best English player of all time and that is some accolade that.
“Paul enjoy the night, sorry I’m not there to enjoy the celebration, well done for a fantastic career and being a great human being.”

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