Herrera: Paul Scholes had everything at Manchester United

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has hailed Paul Scholes as the ‘complete midfielder’ as the former Red Devils man prepares to enter Old Trafford once again.

Scholes, who played his whole career at United which spanned over 20 years, will take part in a charity match this weekend where the two sides will be managed by Carlo Ancelotti and Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson and Ancelotti are both two of the best managers to ever grace the game and many players will be under their wings with Scholes, Zinedine Zidane, Patrick Vieira, Ryan Giggs and the creator of the fixture, David Beckham. Many other players will be on show with a Great Britain team taking on the Rest of the World.

Herrera is likely to be in attendance as he missed out on selection for Spain in their upcoming friendlies. But that won’t keep him away from the football pitch as he continues to train for United ahead of their Premier League clash next weekend. The Spaniard has been an important player for United so far this season and has scored some crucial goals as well as playing well behind the striker.

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And with Scholes taking part in the fixture this weekend, Herrera will be able to watch Scholes again – a player who won over 10 medals with the club. Scholes was one of the best players to ever wear the United shirt and the Spaniard described him as the ‘complete midfielder’ in his latest interview.

"He said, as reported by manutd.com: “I remember Paul Scholes as a player who could defend, who could attack, who could pass, who could tackle, who could do everything. He was a complete player.“I know it’s difficult as there is only one Paul Scholes but I try to do similar things sometimes. I try to learn from him. I try to score, try to defend and try to win balls back. I am Ander Herrera, he is Paul Scholes, and we are different players, of course.“When you are thinking of one midfielder in Manchester United’s history, he comes to mind. I remember the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona. United won 1-0 and he scored a fantastic goal but it was not only the goal as he played so well. I was impressed and that is why I see him as an example.”"

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Scholes was remembered for some of his long range goals for the Red Devils with his stunner against Aston Villa one of the best in the leagues history. The former England international was also one of the best passers in the game.

United have since then failed to replace Scholes with Michael Carrick doing the closest job in recent years. However, Carrick lacks the goalscoring threat which has likened Herrera the closest thing to the former United man. And Herrera, added that despite trying to be like the 40 year-old,  he is mightily impressed with how he and Carrick both played their game.

"“Scholes was not one for publicity. He was always the same: very silent and very calm but, when he was on the pitch, he was the best. In football, it’s not so easy to make the right decision when you play in front of 70,000 people with them screaming, shouting and singing. You always have to take the right option and that is what Paul Scholes did and Michael Carrick does now – it’s unbelievable.“I saw that Paul Scholes said some nice things about me earlier this season and that makes me really proud. It pushes me to keep improving and to keep working hard. I wish that, one day, I can talk with him. I would like to have a chance to speak with him to teach me and maybe I can ask him some things to help me improve.”"

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Herrera will be back in action for United next weekend when the Red Devils travel to Watford to take on the newly promoted side. Morgan Schneiderlin, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and David De Gea are just some of the players on international duty from the first-team.