Jamie O’Hara claimed Paul Scholes was one of the best midfielders ever, even better than Barcelona legends Xavi and Andreas Iniesta.
He was responding to talkSPORT host Adrian Durham who argued that Paul Ince was better than Scholes on Tuesday’s Drivetime.
O’Hara was having absolutely none of it on Wednesday’s Breakfast show.
The former Tottenham midfielder said the Manchester United icon was the best player he played against while also lamenting people who quickly forget some of the Premier League greats.
O’Hara told talkSPORT: “How can you say that Paul Scholes wasn’t one of the greatest midfielders ever?
“I was lucky enough to play against Scholes, Adrian has never stepped a foot on a football pitch and he wouldn’t have a clue about playing about someone like him.
“Paul Scholes was unbelievable. He could do everything.
“Paul Ince was a very good player but Paul Scholes was on another planet to anyone I played against, even Steven Gerrard. They were the two best players I played against.
“He (Scholes) had everything. He could tackle, he could run. He’d obviously go over the ball and some of his tackles would be bad but he could tackle.
“People are so quick to forget the greats and it annoys me when people talk about Van Dijk being the best defender ever when you forget about Rio Ferdinand, who was unbelievable, and John Terry.
“People are quick to forget about the past and the great players who played in the Premier League.
“Adrian is forgetting that a lot of the time he used to score 20 goals a season.”
O’Hara went further to put the former Man United and England midfielder among the best to have played the game.
He said: “If you are talking about top five midfielders of all time then Scholes and Gerrard are in it for me. 100 per cent.
“Xavi and Iniesta, of course, were unbelievable but they used to watch videos of how Paul Scholes played.
“If you put him in that Barcelona team he would have been better than Iniesta and Xavi.
“My opinion of top five midfielders of all time, Gerrard and Scholes are in it.
When asked if ex-Tottenham player Luka Modric would make the list, O’Hara added: “I played with Modric. He was brilliant, fantastic and unbelievable player but, in my opinion, he wasn’t as good as Paul Scholes.
“I played against Scholes and so many times I walked off the pitch thinking ‘I could not get near that man’. He played the game on another level.”