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Ex-Kilmarnock midfielder Bryson: Man Utd great Scholes taught me a lesson

Derby County new boy Craig Bryson is delighted to have finally realised his England dream, over five years after being taught a lesson by Paul Scholes. The recently retired Manchester United midfielder ran Bryson ragged in a pre-season friendly back in 2005 when the Rams recruit was with Clyde and ever since that day, the 24-year old knew he wanted to play in England.

And he is happy to fulfill that after signing a £350,00 deal to join the Pride Park club from Kilmarnock.

"That was a great experience. I had watched Manchester United on TV but once you play against them, you realise just how good they really are," he said.

"It was an eye opener and I wanted to be as good as them.

"You try to model yourself on players like that and on players who have a great career at a club like United.

"They put out all their top stars like Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Edwin van der Sar, Gerard Pique and Paul Scholes.

"I was up against Scholes and he was simply frightening.

"I could not get anywhere near him. I was just running after him and nothing else. I am glad he has retired.

"The game was played in Clyde's half although Neil McGregor did score for us.

"That will be a great memory for him but even though I was given the runaround by Scholes, it was still a great experience and made me want to play in England."

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