‘I wouldn’t be able to do what he did at Liverpool’ – Man Utd legend Scholes makes honest Gerrard admission

Joe Williams
Steven Gerrard and Man Utd legend Paul Scholes
Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes battle for the ball during a Premier League match

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes insists he “wouldn’t be able to do” what Steven Gerrard achieved at Liverpool as they were “very different” players.

There has been a debate for years about the greatest Premier League midfielders with Scholes, Gerrard and former Chelsea captain Frank Lampard always dominating the chat.

Gerrard scored 186 goals in 710 appearances for Liverpool, famously winning the Champions League in Istanbul and multiple other trophies, while Scholes was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s incredible success at Old Trafford with the midfielder winning a staggering 11 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues during his 20 seasons at the club.

Scholes racked up 155 goals in 718 appearances but the former Man Utd midfielder would not say who was the better player between him and Gerrard when probed on the debate.

“I can’t answer that… Gerrard’s a great player,” Scholes said on FIVE’s YouTube channel. “I’m not saying myself, we’re different, very different.

“He’s an athlete [what separates them], he was more of a match-winner, but he was probably in a team where he had to be. I was more part of a team, he was more individual, I think.

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“I wouldn’t be able to do what he did at Liverpool, whether he could do what I did at United, I don’t know. I don’t see why not, I don’t think I could do what he did at Liverpool.”

Erik ten Hag’s decision to select Bruno Fernandes as Man Utd captain has divided people this season but Scholes insists he was always the standout choice.

Man Utd legend Scholes added: “I know when Harry lost his captaincy, people were talking about Marcus (Rashford) – I never saw that. Look, I don’t know him in the dressing room but he wouldn’t be someone who strikes me as being a captain.

“Whereas Bruno has done it, hasn’t he? I think now for the first time, there’s quite a few leaders in the team. You think of the experience they’ve got, with the manager they’ve brought in. Varane, a World Cup winner, Real Madrid. Casemiro.

“All of a sudden there are three or four players in that team who are capable of being captain, and I think Bruno is probably the right choice because he seems to be the one they all look up to.”

Scholes continued on Fernandes: “He’s done a fantastic job when he has been captain and he looks a leader, he’s the one that’s always having a go, always trying to rally his team. I think it’s a great choice.”