Wayne Rooney can play like Paul Scholes, claims Peter Schmeichel

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Paul Scholes is a Manchester United legend.

The former midfielder played at Old Trafford for 20 seasons, making 718 appearances, winning 11 Premier League titles.

He was magnificent in the United midfield, displaying an incredible range of passing while regularly hitting double figures in terms of goals in his prime.


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It’s no surprise that since Scholes retired - for the second time - at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, United haven’t won a trophy.

Replacing someone of Scholes’ calibre is an extremely difficult task and the Red Devils have, unsurprisingly, been unsuccessful in their quest to do so.

Who can replace Scholes?

So, who do they need to sign in the summer as they still attempt to replace him?

Former player Paul Pogba? Marco Veratti? Toni Kroos?

Well, according to club legend Peter Schmeichel, they already have Scholes’ successor in their ranks - Wayne Rooney.

Rooney can become like Scholes

"Wayne can play in different positions," the former Danish goalkeeper said on Sky Sports. 

"If you ask Wayne I think he wants to play in the No.10 position.”

Schmeichel continued: ”But I'd like to see Wayne develop into a midfield player. He can play a little bit like Paul Scholes could. I'm sure he can develop the engine to play in midfield.

"Wayne's vision, the way he sees football is really beneficial to the way Manchester United should play.

"He can play the long passes. He can tackle, he can win the ball back and he can defend. But Wayne has to want to play in that position,” he added.

Rooney hits back

Rooney has had a difficult season, scoring just seven goals in the Premier League this campaign and has received criticism claiming that he is past his best.

The forward has hit back at those suggestions, telling the PFA’s 4 The Player magazine that he’s “still got a few years left.”

But if Rooney starts playing in Scholes’ role, he may have a bit longer left than just a “few years.” Scholes left United at the age of 38 with his role limited to a deep-lying playmaker, rather than charging around the pitch - something that Rooney could take inspiration from.

Rooney was in the stands to watch his side beat his former club, Everton, 1-0 as the 30-year-old remains sidelined through injury.

Timely return

However, the Manchester United and England captain is nearing a return and it couldn’t have come at a better time for both his club and country.

Louis van Gaal’s team are just one point behind Manchester City in their quest for a top-four position and are one match away from an FA Cup semi-final against Everton.

Rooney will also be hoping to be fully fit to lead his country in this summer’s European Championship in France.

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