Manchester United vice-captain Michael Carrick believes that comparisons between Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes are unfair.
Rooney has been playing alongside Carrick in midfield for the last six Premier League games and produced some great displays against Newcastle and Liverpool which inevitably led to comparisons being drawn with Scholes.
On being asked about his opinion on this matter, Carrick said: “Wayne has just got quality about him, he’s just a good footballer with his passing, knowledge of the game, his creation of chances and scoring goals.”
“He’s an all-round good player, better than good obviously, he’s got a lot of skills that most players don’t have.”
“You can compare them in a way but it’s such an easy thing to say. Both players are their own players in their own right and have their own qualities.”
“Scholesy was such a fantastic goalscoring midfielder. With Wayne being the natural goalscorer he is and playing in midfield there is a similarity, but I don’t think you can compare them as they’re so different.”
Carrick is in the middle of this ninth season at the club and is the third longest serving member of the squad behind Rooney and Darren Fletcher. He was also recently named vice-captain of the club in December replacing Fletcher as the Scotland international lost his place in the side.
“I had a chat to the manager about it and it’s great for me for him to think like that,”Carrick told MUTV.
“It’s probably a natural thing with me being one of the older players and more experienced, that’s the natural step – it’s great.”
“I managed to be captain when Wayne missed a game [Stoke in December], which was nice, but it’s not the be all and end all of everything. It’s achieving things with the team that means more to me, but it’s nice to be recognised.”