Manchester United legend says Liverpool reminded him of the United sides at their best

Paul Scholes has been full of praise for the fierce rivals of the club he played for throughout his career.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has said that Liverpool in the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers during the last season reminded him of the United sides he was part of.

Writing in his blog for bookmaker Paddy Power, the former midfielder said he admired the swagger of their play.

He said: “I didn’t take notice of Liverpool as contenders until six or seven games to go of the Premier League. Only then I thought they had a genuine chance of winning the title. Ultimately they fell short but the thing I admired most was the swagger of their play and how they terrorised opponents, which reminded me of United at their best.”

High praise indeed for United’s fiercest rivals as the side that Scholes was part of became a force that was feared both at home and in Europe. United’s attack of the late 90’s, including their treble winning side of 1999 is remembered fondly for its attacking prowess, as is the side of the late 2000’s where Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were seemingly unstoppable in front of goal.

Scholes also said that Liverpool need two top class defenders in the mould of Jaap Stam and Rio Ferdinand, along with a left-back to improve their defensive record – which saw them concede 50 goals in the Premier League last season.

He added that it would be refreshing if England manager Roy Hodgson went with a more Liverpool style approach against Italy in their first match at the World Cup, given the high number of players from the Premier League runners-up in Hodgson's squad.

“It would be refreshing for England to adopt Liverpool’s attacking mentality in Brazil.

“While I still doubt Roy Hodgson will start with such an attacking Liverpool-style approach, I’d love to see it.”

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