Gilberto Silva names Man Utd legend as toughest Premier League opponent

Gilberto Silva is one of the most decorated players to have played in the Premier League.

The retired Brazilian was a key member of the Selecao squad that won the FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan in 2022.

Moreover, he made 32 appearances in the league as Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal went on to win the 2003-04 PL title without even losing a single game.

The legendary South American has played with world class stars in his career and he has hugely praised Man Utd legend, Paul Scholes.

When asked about his toughest opponent, the 46-year-old stated:

“Paul Scholes. He was hard to play against because he played tough, but he was also a very smart, very intelligent player. You had to be smart when you played against him.

It was great for me because when you play against tough opponents, intelligent opponents, they drive you to become a better player. You want to improve to be them, you want to improve to win against them, to win the tackles, to win the ball, to win the game.

“I’m fortunate enough to have played against those great players like Scholes and Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. They helped to improve my game because I had to push myself on a daily basis to face them at the weekend.”

Scholes was a maestro in the center of the park. He scored over 150 goals and provided over 70 assists in all competitions for Manchester United.

The legendary passer went on to win all the major trophies under Alex Ferguson, including eleven Premier League titles.

Silva lost the PL title to the Red Devils a season before the “Invincible” campaign. He believes Arsenal can improve next season even if they do not win the league this term.

At Old Trafford, Ten Hag needs a quality central midfielder like Scholes and a proven quality striker to seriously challenge for the title next term.

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