Saints teenager admits that he plays a bit like Scholes, but reckons his ginger hair is a major factor behind recent comparisons with the Old Trafford great.
Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed has admitted that it is flattering to be compared to Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.
Reed has only made seven first-team appearances for the Saints, including six as a substitute, but the 19-year-old has already made a big impression on the club’s backroom staff.
Saints Under-21 coach Martin Hunter and football director Les Reed have both likened the youngster to Scholes, who scored 155 club goals during his 20-year Old Trafford career.
However, the junior ginger believes that the colour of his hair has quite a lot to do with him being compared to the 66-time England international.
He told BBC Radio Solent: “It’s a massive compliment to be compared to him and mentioned in the same sentence.
“I think it’s more to do with the colour of my hair.”
Other than the warm shade of the thatching on their heads, one of the main similarities between Scholes and Reed is the high quality of their passing.
Reed has only made seven passes in the Premier League, but all of them have reached their desired recipient, giving him a pass completion rate of 100 per cent.
Like Scholes, Reed is also a tenacious tackler, but he has yet to show off this side of his game during his three brief top-flight appearances.
Reed added: “I agree the way I play is like him sometimes.”
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