United have been linked with a lot of midfield players as potential replacements for Scholes but an interesting way they could go about it, is to not try and replace him at all.
Michael Carrick is 31-years-old and has been one of the most consistent performers for the club over the last few seasons. He’s even got a chant sung by fans comparing him to the United legend.
The point is Carrick is now good enough in the eyes of many to finish his career at Old Trafford and he has a good solid five or six years left if he can keep himself in good shape.
“It is always good to be compared to players like that. Paul is as good as it gets and has been throughout his career - he has helped me bring my own game on whether he knows it or not and that has been a big help,” Carrick told the Sun.
The pair have a similar set of unique qualities which make them regulars for United; good on the ball, work hard off the ball, fit, aggressive and deceptively quick over short distances.
Add to the mix the promising development of young United midfielders like Tom Cleverley and Shinji Kagawa and Sir Alex Ferguson is quickly left with a decent core of midfielders he can rely on over the next few years.
Even Phil Jones is being turned into a versatile midfield man by Ferguson, which gives him even more options.
United will have to add to the midfield at some point because Ryan Giggs will shortly join Scholes with his feet up on the sofa after a long career with the club.
However, the point is that the effects of Scholes’ departure in particular can be compensated for and the club doesn’t need to go and spend millions finding a player which they may already own.
Carrick can be that driving influence in the team over the next couple of years, certainly until Ferguson retires and while Scholes is always going to be a United legend, Carrick can go a long way to cementing his own name in the history of the club.
United fans, do you need to replace Scholes?
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