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Real Madrid's Toni Kroos would be 'perfect' at Man United - Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes believes Real Madrid's Toni Kroos would be a "perfect" fit in the Manchester United midfield alongside Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera.

Despite being 15 years older than Kroos, Scholes praised the Madrid midfielder as one of his role models during the final stretch of his career.

"I really like Toni Kroos. When I neared the end of my career, I followed him closely and tried to play like Kroos," Scholes told kicker. "I was a midfielder with an eye for the goal, but Kroos is one of the best midfield masterminds in the world."

Scholes believes the 27-year-old Germany international, who scored in Madrid's 3-1 Champions League win over Napoli on Wednesday, would slot in well at his former club United.

"Kroos would be perfect at United next to Pogba and Ander Herrera," he said.

Paul Scholes wants to see Toni Kroos at Manchester United.

Scholes also talked about Kroos' compatriot Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has been added to United's Europa League squad for the upcoming knockout stages after overcoming a difficult period under manager Jose Mourinho.

"It was strange," Scholes said of the period last summer when Schweinsteiger was demoted to training with United's reserves and written off as an asset in the club's accounts.

"But I thought Bastian's highly professional reaction was remarkable. He just continued to train without any whining. Sadly, we all don't know what exactly happened.

"He can still control a match if he gets the chance, and I hope the manager will hand it to him. The fans at least love Bastian, he's a special player."

Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.

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