Rooney picks Paul Scholes over Steven Gerrard in the enduring debate

Wayne Rooney ranks former Man United team-mate Paul Scholes over Steven Gerrard, names John Terry as the toughest defender he faced and singles out Rio Ferdinand as the BEST centre back in Premier League history

  • The enduring debate has divided players and fans over the years 
  • Liverpool supporters firmly believing Gerrard is a Premier League legend 
  • Man United fans watched Scholes play a key part in 11 Premier League triumphs

Wayne Rooney has joined in the enduring debate over who was the better player between Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard.

The argument has divided players and fans over the years with Liverpool supporters firmly believing Gerrard is a Premier League legend, even though he never won the title during his illustrious career.

Meanwhile, Manchester United fans watched Scholes play an integral part in 11 Premier League triumphs.

Paul Scholes played an integral part in 11 Premier League triumphs for Manchester United

And former Manchester United and England striker Rooney believes there is only one winner in this duel. 

He told Sky Sports: ‘Playing with Scholesy for a long time, and seeing what he does, and I know Thierry Henry is arguably the best player in the Premier League, but I think Shearer has to go in for his goalscoring record, and for Scholes, what he did for you in the team, and how he dictated games for the team. 

‘I think he is a bit underrated, certainly not with myself or Manchester United fans.’

Players and fans have been divided over who was better between Steven Gerrard and Scholes

Asked by Jamie Carragher if he’d have Scholes over Gerrard, Rooney simply said: ‘Yeah.’ 

Rooney was also asked if he considered Vincent Kompany the best centre back in Premier League history after putting him in his Hall of Fame.

Rooney said: ‘No, I’d probably go for Rio (Ferdinand).

‘But I think John Terry was the toughest I faced.’




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