Paul Scholes was always regarded as toughest Manchester United player to face in training, and while the midfielder has now retired, Rio Ferdinand says the man dubbed Chicharito is his new chief tormentor at Carrington.

And the news will not be surprising for opposition defenders, who found the Mexico international to be quite the headache in his debut season for United.

When asked who the best player at training was, Ferdinand said without hesitating: "It was Paul Scholes. Now I'd say Chicharito - he's quite difficult.


"His movement's great, but I like that because he keeps you guessing and on your toes.

"He's the toughest but also the most beneficial opponent in training because he keeps you match-sharp."

Javier Hernandez has been a star for United since he moved to the club for £6 million last summer. The 23-year-old equaled Ruud van Nistelrooy’s debut season record in England by scoring 20 goals across all competitions.

And while the striker has promised to show even more next season, Ferdinand says that no player will ever be as good in the United shirt as Scholes.

“I have always said it, Paul Scholes is my favourite player,” he said.

“He is one of the top two players I have ever played with and I thought he could have gone on for a couple more years.

“But it is his decision to stop and you have to respect that.”

Ferdinand also insisted that a straight replacement for Scholes was not likely to be in Sir Alex Ferguson’s plans, echoing the United boss's comments that the veteran is a one of a kind player.

He argued: “When people like Roy Keane and Ruud van Nistelrooy left, we didn't go like-for-like in replacements.

“We’ve got different players who had a great impact.

“We have players in the squad already who have the potential to do that.

“Anderson has had a lot of injuries over the last couple of years and missed a couple of pre-seasons.

“Hopefully this time he will have a good pre-season and we will see the best of him."

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