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Has Jamie Carragher Convinced Roy Keane That Gerrard Was Better Than Scholes?

Has Jamie Carragher Convinced Roy Keane That Gerrard Was Better Than Scholes?
By Gary Connaughton

It's a well trodden debate at this stage: Gerrard, Lampard, or Scholes?

The answer to that questions usually falls along club lines, with supporters generally picking the midfielder of that generation who starred for their team. The same can be said of former players, who will usually pick their old teammate.

In saying that, Roy Keane has been swayed slightly.

Speaking to LADbible alongside Jamie Carragher, they were asked if Steven Gerrard was a better player than Paul Scholes. Carragher 'strongly agreed' with the statement, while Keane would 'disagree'.

However, when the two began to discuss the issue it seemed as though the Irishman was starting to come around to the former Liverpool defender's way of thinking.

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Carragher: I always think if you took Scholes out of the United team and put in Stevie, would United have won more or less? If you took Stevie out of our team and put in Scholes, would we have won what we won?

I just think of what Stevie did in that Champions League final and that FA Cup final in 2006, I'm not sure Scholes or Frank could have had that impact on that team.

Keane: I agree. I suppose it's just down to the fact that there's a bit of loyalty. I think Steven Gerrard was brilliant, I think Frank Lampard was brilliant, but in the few games I played with with him, I always love a player who would get a goal.

Would Gerrard be better than Scholesy? If you look at my answer, I did say 'disagree' and not 'strongly disagree'...

Carragher: The thing I would say about Stevie that would put him ahead of other players, I think he could have been the best player in two or three positions. If he had played right back his whole career, he would have played for England. Right midfield, number ten, central midfield, he played so many positions...

Keane: He was brilliant. Jesus, he was. You've won me over, I'll be crying in a minute! Loyalty does have to come into in a little bit.

As Keane would go on to admit, he didn't quite have the same rivalry with Gerrard as he did with some of the other legendary Premier League midfielders. Whereas Patrick Vieria incited genuine hatred when he faced Arsenal, the Scouser never quite stirred up those same emotions.

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Keane is unsure what that was the case, although he said it could have been down to the fact that Gerrard came from a slightly different generation to himself.

I never had that (hatred), strangely enough, with Gerrard. I remember when he was a young player and he came to Old Trafford, he was on the verge of getting sent off.

I never had that dislike for him like I had for Patrick or some of the City lads. I don't know if it was because he's a bit younger, how old is Gerrard?

He's a good bit younger, so maybe I didn't see him as that sort of threat, in terms of a physical threat because he was more of a technical player.

With me and Patrick, it was physical battle we had. I didn't have that hatred for Gerrard. I wouldn't say I liked him, but I didn't have that hatred for him because he was technically a different type of player.

Even if Keane has been swayed by Carragher's argument, you get the feeling that not too many United fans will be changing their mind on this one.

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