The Spanish midfielder maestro was speaking to the Daily Mail about his English football heroes ahead of Barca’s trip to London to take on Arsenal next week and said he had a deep affection for the famous Manchester club.
“Rooney, Scholes, Cesc (Fabregas), Nasri and Giggs (are my current favourites),” he said.
“I was also a big fan of John Barnes, Chris Waddle and Matt Le Tissier. And although it is a different style, I liked the Paul Ince and Roy Keane partnership Manchester United had.
“They would have been my team had I moved to England.”
Xavi also said that Paul Scholes is the most ‘complete’ midfielder in the game today.
“In the last 15 to 20 years the best central midfielder that I have seen — the most complete — is Scholes. I have spoken with Xabi Alonso about this many times. Scholes is a spectacular player who has everything,” he added.
“He can play the final pass, he can score, he is strong, he never gets knocked off the ball and he doesn’t give possession away. If he had been Spanish then maybe he would have been valued more.”