Last updated : 19 January 2003 By Editor

From The M.E.N.

"He hits a football like the world's best golfers strike through their shots and it's a fantastic technique.

"Not only that but he has this special knack of timing runs into the danger area. Defenders can often learn to read a striker's run or positioning, but picking up a midfielder who steals in from deep is the most difficult marking job.

"It will take something to dislodge him as United's player of the season because for my money he has been the best by a million miles," he said.

"He has unquestionably been the most consistent performer.

"People say international players suffer in a post-World Cup season. They reckon the tiredness catches up with you. But Paul had a good World Cup and has come back stronger and better."