How do you solve a problem like Paul Scholes?

Xavi is considered the best exponent of accurate and brilliant passing around, but anyone who does not place Paul Scholes thereabout is mad. The diminutive midfielder is renowned for his brilliant range of passing, great vision, brilliant long shot and also who can forget his tackling!

Replacing Scholes is going to be a very difficult task for Sir Alex, for the past few seasons Scholes has defied his age and performed immaculately for United, showing he’s still young at heart. He alongside Fletcher has been running the United midfield, and are the heartbeats of the present United team, passing the ball around with astounding accuracy and guile. Scholes can dictate the tempo of a game and pull all strings from midfield, a true midfield Maestro.

But as he nears his retirement age, its time United look at someone else to step into the shoes of the legend and carry on the flag he’s been holding so high for so long! United have 3 midfielders currently vying for Scholes’s position, namely Darron Gibson, Michael Carrick and Anderson. An Ideal replacement would have the abilities all three players in one player in all honesty! That is how immense Paul is.

Of the 3, Anderson seems to be the nearest United have to replacing Scholes, He has good passing and also great vision and creativity also brings energy to the midfield but Anderson’s Lack of goals, inconsistency and a rumoured bad attitude have let him and the fans down.

Meanwhile, Carrick has just ended another dismal season, going missing for the club at pivotal moments throughout the year, though he does have an incredible passing ability, his inability to be the focal point of attacks and lack of physical presence and energy have been a letdown.

Darron Gibson’s improvement off late has been impressive, at the end of last season, Gibson was ahead of Carrick in the pecking order, displaying the trust the manager has in him. Gibson has a decent ability to pass but his greatest strength is his shooting, more reminiscent of Lampard in his early days. So how Gibson progresses the coming season, one must wait and watch.

If United were to look in the market currently, three names pop up as possible replacements, namely Marek Hamsik, De Rossi and Andrea Pirlo. All three have the necessary attributes to continue on Scholes’s Legacy.

So as Scholes’s retirement draws nearer, the question arises, who is the ideal candidate to replace Paul Scholes? Or more importantly, Will Manchester United be able to replace Paul Scholes??

Written By Siddarth Sampath

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