Some brilliant players have been on display at Old Trafford over the years, and Paul Scholes is up there with the best of them. The Englishman was a mainstay at Old Trafford for nearly two decades, and he had quite the career.
His influence in the heart of the midfield was invaluable for the Red Devils, and his presence is something that Man Utd have, as of yet, been unable to replicate.
Scholes was the heart and soul of the Man Utd team during an incredibly successful era, and so finding his successor is an overdue task for the Red Devils, and one player that could be perfect for the job is Italian Marco Verratti.
Scholes was known for several things, and Verratti – who is rated at £63 million by Transfer Markt – displays many of them in his own game at PSG.
First and foremost, he’s a brilliant passer of the ball. Scholes was known for being able to find his teammates at distance and up close, with team spreading passes often splitting his opposition. Verratti is similar in that sense, with an uncanny ability to create play with an otherwise very simple looking pass. That doesn’t necessarily lead to lots of assists – he got just three in the league last season – but it didn’t for Scholes either. Both are typically best at providing the pass before the final delivery – and that’s often the most difficult.
You also can’t talk about Verratti without talking about his personality. Like Scholes, he’s an incredibly passionate and determined player, and that is reflected in his play style. He’s always at people’s heels, he’s always looking to break up play, and you’ll never catch him walking. It’s that ruthless determination and aggression that separates his talent from his total ability, and it’s also what allows parallels to be drawn between him and Scholes.
Granted, a move for Verratti would be far more expensive, given that Scholes was homegrown, but he’s exactly what Man Utd need right now.
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