Paul Scholes reveals the three TOUGHEST Premier League stars he played against

Paul Scholes reveals the three TOUGHEST Premier League stars he played against during his stellar Manchester United career

  • Paul Scholes revealed the three toughest Premier League stars he played against
  • Scholes put down Robbie Savage, Patrick Vieira and Pape Bouba Diop on his list
  • Scholes says they were ‘big’ and ‘quick to close him down’ at Manchester United
  • The 47-year-old featured 718 times for the Red Devils and won 11 top flight titles











Paul Scholes has revealed the three toughest Premier League stars he played against during his time at Manchester United. 

The former United midfielder featured 718 times for the Red Devils and won 11 top flight titles, three FA Cups and two Champions Leagues during his 19 year career at the club. 

However, he says playing against the likes of Robbie Savage, Patrick Vieira and Pape Bouba Diop made life difficult for him at Old Trafford as they were ‘big’ and ‘quick to close him down’.   

Paul Scholes (above) has revealed the three toughest Premier League stars he played against

The former Manchester United midfielder featured 718 times for the Red Devils and won 11 top flight titles, three FA Cups and two Champions Leagues during his 19 years at the club

The former Manchester United midfielder featured 718 times for the Red Devils and won 11 top flight titles, three FA Cups and two Champions Leagues during his 19 years at the club

The 47-year-old – who retired in 2013 as United’s third-highest ever appearance holder, behind Bobby Charlton and Ryan Giggs – explained the reasons why he chose those three as the toughest Premier League stars he played against. 

Speaking on BBC Radio 5’s Savage Social show, he said: ‘When I played central midfield I like to go into games thinking ‘I just want to have all the time in the world here, just nobody around me, just find a little bit of space and pass the ball around.

‘Then you play against people like you [Robbie Savage]. An absolute nuisance, trying to close you down dead quick. I don’t want that, I just want it nice and relaxed. 

Scholes says playing against the likes of Robbie Savage (right), Patrick Vieira and Pape Bouba Diop made life difficult for him at Old Trafford

Scholes says playing against the likes of Robbie Savage (right), Patrick Vieira and Pape Bouba Diop made life difficult for him at Old Trafford

Speaking of Patrick Vieira (right), Scholes said: 'You think you’ve got the ball, and the next minute he nicks it over your head, he was a clever player as well'

Speaking of Patrick Vieira (right), Scholes said: ‘You think you’ve got the ball, and the next minute he nicks it over your head, he was a clever player as well’

‘The way I played I didn’t really have to beat people or be stronger, quicker than the other person.

‘I suppose Patrick Vieira, you play against him he is so long, he is so big. You think you’ve got the ball, and the next minute he nicks it over your head, he was a clever player as well.

‘There’s one more that people won’t think of. We used to play against Portsmouth. Do you remember Pape Bouba Diop? Big, massive. They used to call him the wardrobe.

‘You get involved physically with him and you’re wasting your time. I always found him awkward to play against. He wasn’t a Vieira, of course he wasn’t, but he still had talent.’

Scholes says that Senegal's Pape Bouba Diop was 'awkward to play against' as he was 'big'

Scholes says that Senegal’s Pape Bouba Diop was ‘awkward to play against’ as he was ‘big’

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