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16th Aug 2015

Jaap Stam reveals the one Manchester United team-mate who could have played for Barcelona

It's not Jesper Blomqvist...


Jaap Stam believes former team-mate Paul Scholes was good enough to grace the best midfield in recent memory.

The pair played together for Manchester United for three years, winning three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the European Cup during the club’s most successful period.

Stam left for Lazio in 2001, and would go on to play for AC Milan, but still ranks Scholes amongst the best he’s ever played with.

The Dutchman rates Scholes so highly he believes he would’ve been good enough to play in the Barcelona midfield alongside Xavi and Andreas Iniesta.

“I think he’s one of the most underestimated players in the world when he played,” Stam said on Sky Sports show Fantasy Football Club.

“I always said ‘if there’s one player who can play easily with Barcelona, playing in small spaces, then it’s Paul Scholes.

Maybe it’s because he didn’t like the press, all the attention, but if you see him play it looks so easy.”

Stam also picked his best XI of former team-mates, which features five former United players and looks near unbeatable.