Jamie O’Hara has revealed he was left stunned by Paul Scholes’ ability during his encounters with the Manchester United legend.

The Englishman is widely regarded as one of the finest midfielders of his generation, and he certainly lived up to this reputation during his six encounters with the former player-turned-talkSPORT presenter.

Scholes made over 700 appearances for Man United after making his debut in 1994

O’Hara came up against Scholes during his spells at Tottenham, Portsmouth and Wolves, winning on just one occasion, and admitted there were times where he could only look on in admiration.

Speaking on The Sports Bar alongside Jermaine Pennant, the former Spurs man gushed when discussing the Man United icon: “Scholes back in the day…

“Honestly when I played against Paul Scholes, I used to stand there just in awe of him thinking: ‘Oh my God, this guy is so good at football!’

“He had everything, it was ridiculous how good he was.”

Hailing the former England international’s renowned passing ability, O’Hara pointed to one occasion in particular when he was able to witness this in all its glory.

After being ruled out through injury, the former midfielder watched from the stands as a then 37-year-old Scholes gave his Wolves teammates a masterclass in a 5-0 thrashing by the Red Devils in March 2012.

“I remember we had a game, Wolves, at home to Man United.

“They beat us 5-0 and Paul Scholes had 110 passes, 110 completed. Did not give the ball away once in the game in 90 minutes.”

His co-host Pennant then joked: “Probably had the ball more than your whole team put together!”

O’Hara continued to rave about the display: “He was absolutely, outrageously good.

O’Hara could not believe just how good Scholes was
The talkSPORT presenter played for Wolves between 2011 and 2014, but did not feature against a rampant Man United in 2012

“And it wasn’t just easy passes. He’s hitting 70 yarders, like diagonals on toast! How good was he?”

Scholes’ performance that day was made all the more impressive by the fact that it came just two months after he came out of retirement, having previously called time on his career in May 2011.

But his time away from the pitch was clearly not an issue, as the midfield maestro played all 90 minutes in a miserable afternoon for Wolves, who were relegated at the end of the season.

And when Scholes did eventually hang up his boots for good after lifting his 11th Premier League trophy in 2013, O’Hara was certainly not his only admirer.

In fact, 1998 World Cup champion and all-time Zinedine Zidane famously once described him as the greatest player in the world.

When asked by a reporter: “what does it feel like to be the best player in the world?” Zidane reportedly replied: “I don’t know, ask Paul Scholes.”

Capped 66-cap times by England, Scholes finished his career as one of the most decorated players in English football history, with 25 major trophies to his name, and he clearly left his mark on those he faced on the pitch during that time.


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