After struggling to choose between Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville has named Scholes as the best player he ever played with at Manchester United.
According to Neville, the balance is tipped in the diminutive midfielder’s favour because of the adversity he has had to overcome to reach the very top of the game.
That said, former right-back Neville stressed the near-impossibility of picking between three Manchester United legends.
“I always find it difficult to separate Keane, Scholes and Giggs, but I think Scholes just because I think he had more battles and challenges personally than the others – that just goes for him. But I can’t separate the three of them really.”
Neville, who has forged a successful career as a coach and pundit following his retirement as a player in 2011, was speaking in an exclusive interview with bwin and also touched on the performance levels of the current crop of Manchester United.
Asked to name his player of the season so far, the 37-year-old went for summer recruit Robin van Persie, who has scored 18 goals in 25 league appearances in his debut campaign for the Reds.
But as could perhaps be expected given United’s dominant position at the top of the table, Neville also reserved special praise for three of Van Persie’s teammates.
“It would be wrong of me not to mention Michael Carrick who is so close to Van Persie and I think Rafael has also been outstanding in the first six months of this season.
“Those three are the standout ones I think – you could add Jonny Evans to that list as well.”
Manchester United are nine points clear of nearest challengers Manchester City in the Premier League table and will be looking to pick up another three points when Everton visit Old Trafford on Sunday.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are favourites to win the 4pm kick-off at 67/100 (1.67), with the draw at 14/5 (3.80) and an Everton success at 15/4 (4.75).