Paul Scholes has revealed that he had a special relationship with Louis Saha when they were playing together at Manchester United.
Former France international striker Saha joined United from Fulham in January 2004 for a transfer fee of £12.8 million.
The then 25-year-old arrived at Old Trafford with a strong reputation, but he failed to perform consistently and left the Red Devils in 2008.
Injuries played a role in Saha’s limited success at United, but club legend and former midfielder Scholes has claimed that he is one of the strikers he enjoyed playing with.
“Louis Saha was signed by United in January 2004 and did not quite fulfil his potential,” the 40-year-old wrote in The Independent. “I loved playing with Louis.
“When it comes to the striker-midfielder relationship, the best ones are those in which you know instinctively where the striker wants the ball, and when. I felt Louis and I had that relationship. I could anticipate him, and his movement and strength were very good.
“It was Louis’ way that unless he was 100 per cent fit, he did not want to play. It meant that he missed a lot of games for United. Realistically, you play very few games feeling completely free of injuries, aches and pains.
“When he was on his game he was exceptional. I felt my understanding with Louis was as good as the one I had with Ruud van Nistelrooy. It was a pity we didn’t play together more.”