I’ve had plenty of discussions/arguments in the pub and internet forums to whom is better – Paul Scholes or Steven Gerrard? I may be biased in my assessment but Scholes is the best English midfielder of the last twenty years.
Perhaps I’m wrong to suggest the following? The impression I gather from the media is that Gerrard is the higher rated player. Scholes is certainly not under-rated by his fellow peers; the following are comments from some of the greats of the game. We’ve all seen the quotes made by players such as Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry and Marcello Lippi praising the qualities of Scholes.
The attributes of both players are fairly similar (yeah Gerrard is the better tackler). The difference and determining factor is the ability Scholes has to control a game. For me, Gerrard can only play at one pace – 100mph.This is why Gerrard has struggled at International level as the pace of the game is much slower. Scholes can increase or slow down the pace of a game if and when required.
Why bring this discussion up now you may ask?
For many years I’ve heard the argument Gerrard is the better player as he puts in top performances in a weaker team – dragging Liverpool to Champions League and FA Cup victories. There is no denying Gerrard is a top quality player (I feel sick for saying that 🙂 ) but put Scholes in the same Liverpool team of the last 10-15 years and he would also be the stand out player.
However, this season it would be fair to suggest United are weaker compared to recent seasons. Yet even at 35, we’ve seen Scholes put in top performances controlling & dictating games and is at the forefront of United’s title defence. Of course Scholes has had the odd poor game; it would be foolish to expect consistently high performances at this stage of his career. Scholes has had a better season than Gerrard when Gerrard is supposed to be in his prime.
So is the argument Scholes only looks the better player as he plays in a stronger team fair?
Who is the better player? Perhaps the outcome of will be biased as more Manchester United fans are likely to read this article. I’d like to know the opinion of neutral fans?
Does Scholes receive the credit he deserves? If not, why? Is it due to his quiet family lifestyle rather than celebrity lifestyle many footballers enjoy?