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​Man Utd legend Scholes names unlikely toughest opponent

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes spoke about his most challenging Premier League opponent.

The England ace won the Premier League title 12 times during a 20-year spell with United.

And he spoke about one surprising opponent who always gave him and United a lot of trouble.

It is former Fulham and Portsmouth star Papa Bouba Diop.

"When I played central midfield I like to go into games thinking 'I just want to have all the time in the world here, just nobody around me, just find a little bit of space and pass the ball around'," Scholes told Savage Social.

"Then you play against people like you (Robbie Savage). An absolute nuisance, trying to close you down dead quick. I don't want that, I just want it nice and relaxed.

"The way I played I didn't really have to beat people or be stronger, quicker than the other person. I suppose Patrick Vieira, you play against him he is so long, he is so big. You think you've got the ball, and the next minute he nicks it over your head. He was a clever player as well.

"There's one more that people won't think of. We used to play against Portsmouth. Do you remember Papa Bouba Diop? Big, massive. They used to call him The Wardrobe!

"You get involved physically with him and you're wasting your time.

"I always found him awkward to play against. He wasn't a Vieira, of course he wasn't, but he still had talent."


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