Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson was one of the surprise figures criticised in Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography last year.
Ferguson was dismissive of his awkward running style and unconvinced of his ability to be a top level footballer.
Coming off the best season of his career, Henderson is a candidate to start for England at the World Cup, a big improvement on his 'there to make up the numbers' role at Euro 2012.
And Manchester United legend Paul Scholes disagrees with his old boss, convinced the Liverpool ace can be a key man for the Three Lions in Brazil.
He said in his PaddyPower blog: "Jordan Henderson (above) is a diamond of a lad who’s best described as ‘workmanlike’. He’s a player others appreciate having around them on the pitch.
He’ll sacrifice himself for the attacking talent in a team like Liverpool. He’s not what you call ‘world class’, but Henderson could be key to England controlling the ball and using it effectively."
Scholes went onto warn that Henderson must however be played in the right role, and not cast as a defensive midfielder, arguing that's where Michael Carrick should have been picked.
"Not bringing Michael Carrick is a mistake. If there’s an injury to Gerrard nobody jumps out to replace him, assuming Roy considers the Liverpool approach. I don’t see Henderson, Frank Lampard or Jack Wilshere playing Gerrard’s role."