Ander Herrera hoping to learn from 'complete player' Paul Scholes

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Ander Herrera is hoping to learn everything he can from Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, a man he describes as "a complete player".

Scholes spent his entire career with the Red Devils, playing 718 games and scoring 155 goals. Naturally, he also finished his career with a host of winner's medals, including 11 from the Premier League and two from the Champions League.

And since hanging up his boots in 2013, people have come to realise just how special a player Scholes was. That image has been helped by praise from the likes of Xavi Hernandez and Zinedine Zidane, both of whom have described the Englishman as one of the greatest midfielders ever.


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Herrera cannot consider himself in the same category as Scholes, Xavi or Zidane, but the Spain international has been in impressive form under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal this season.

But Herrera is under no illusions and understands he has much to learn if he is to finish his career with anything close to the respect Scholes garnerned. He is hoping to pick the 40-year-old's brain at any opportunity to try to become more like him.

Here is the interview in full as per the club's official website:

"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 [2008] 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.

"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."

Controversial criticism

But Herrera is unlikely to see Scholes hanging around the Carrington training ground any time soon. He is still in Van Gaal's bad books after he openly criticised the way his former team were playing football.

At the time, United were struggling to find the back of the net and Scholes claimed the team lacked "creativity and risk" and suggested he would not enjoy playing under the Dutchman.

Van Gaal hit back with anger, saying Scholes was dramatising his opinion to aid his career as a pundit. It is clear the two don't see eye to eye and you can't see Scholes being welcomed back into the backroom team, at least while Van Gaal is around.

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