Ashley Young has paid his Manchester United teammate Michael Carrick the highest possible compliment by comparing his passing skills to that of Paul Scholes.
Scholes, who celebrated his 41st birthday on Monday, is widely regarded as the best English passer of his generation.
Young couldn’t overlook the retired midfielder when asked by Manchester United's official website to name the best passer he has played with - but he puts Carrick in the same bracket.
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“Scholesy and Carras,” Young responded, before admitting that Scholes is the best passer he has ever played against.
Carrick has been a somewhat underrated player throughout his career and really ought to have more than the 34 international caps he currently has to his name.
Carrick was an excellent buy by Ferguson
The 34-year-old possesses a wonderful range of passing and is undoubtedly one of the most technically-gifted midfielders of the current era.
Signed from Tottenham in 2006, Carrick was a shrewd purchase by Sir Alex Ferguson and arguably one of the best buys of his 26-year tenure at Old Trafford.
Having won five Premier League titles, the League Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA World Club Cup over the past nine years, it’s hard to argue with that assessment.
Carrick: Good but not quite Scholes
Manchester United fans, it seems, agree with Young’s opinion that Carrick is up there with Scholes in terms of his passing ability.
“It’s Carrick you know, it’s hard to believe it’s not Scholes,” has been heard regularly at Old Trafford over the past couple of years.
But while Carrick is undoubtedly a fantastic footballer in his own right, it’s probably a little unfair to compare him to Scholes, who was a genuine master of his trade.
Manchester United fans: is Michael Carrick as good a passer as Paul Scholes was at his peak? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!