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Anderson ready to replace Scholes

July 27, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Manchester United midfielder Anderson is confident he can play a key role in helping his team cope without the retired Paul Scholes.

Anderson flicks his locks at Old Trafford
GettyImagesAnderson was out for seven months with a knee injury suffered early last year

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With United looking unlikely to add central midfield reinforcements before the new Premier League season, Anderson is ready to take on extra responsibility in Sir Alex Ferguson's team.

"Scholes was amazing, a legend, but it means more opportunity, more space for me," Anderson told Sky Sports News. "Scholes was one player where I learn a lot, he was unbelievable and for me the best midfielder in the world.

"I think Scholes was very important for the team as he had amazing quality, but I think everyone together can take his position."

Scholes announced his retirement at the end of last season, having made 676 appearances for United.

Despite United having been linked to a host of potential replacements, including Luka Modric, Samir Nasri and Wesley Sneijder, recent comments from Ferguson suggest they'll be no further additions to his squad.