"He's the best midfielder I've ever seen"

19 January 2011

Manchester United winger Nani has praised his Old Trafford teammate Paul Scholes as the “best midfielder he has ever seen”.

Scholes has missed almost six-weeks of first team action due to a persistent groin problem, but was amongst the substitutes for their 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.

The evergreen 36-year-old played an hour for the reserves during their 8-0 destruction of Bury in the Manchester Senior Cup on Monday, and Nani is delighted to welcome the playmaker back into the fold.

Nani claims the Old Trafford veteran is simply peerless in training and a cut above the rest of his colleagues, who nickname him ‘SatNav’ because of his ability to pick out a pass. 

The Portuguese ace told Inside United magazine: "Scholesy is just incredible and it's a privilege to be in the same squad,

“I said to him the other day in training: ‘Scholesy, you should have stayed at home because you are playing alone.’

“What I mean is that he makes a pass to one wing, goes to support and gets the ball. Then he makes a pass to the other wing, goes to support and gets the ball again – all the time he’s in control of the play.

"The other team don’t get near the ball, even in training. They are playing just against him!"

Nani concluded: "He’s the best midfielder I’ve ever seen. He can pass, score goals with his left, right, his head – he can do anything.

“And he can beat a player too, plus he loves to nutmeg you! He's unbelievable."