Wigan ace: I can’t wait to face Scholes

Manchester United's Paul Scholes
Manchester United's Paul Scholes
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FRASER Fyvie has set himself a target of four matches to break into the Wigan Athletic side – so he can lock horns with his footballing hero.

The 19-year-old, a self-confessed Manchester United admirer, admits his favourite player is former England star Paul Scholes.

And Fyvie, who became Wigan’s first summer signing when he penned a three-year deal on Monday, will be well aware that Latics travel to Old Trafford less than a month into the new campaign.

“I can’t wait to play against Manchester United – and Paul Scholes in particular,” Fyvie told the Evening Post.

“They’re the biggest team going, and he’s still the best central midfielder in the world.

“Hopefully I’ll get the chance to play against him and show I belong at this level.

“This is the best league in the world, and everyone who’s anyone wants to play in it.

“It was a no-brainer when Wigan came calling. It was an easy decision to sign.”

It comes as no surprise to hear of Fyvie’s admiration for Scholes, given Aberdeen boss Craig Brown likened his former starlet to the United legend.

“He’s not there yet,” admitted Brown. “But he has that wee bit of extra dig about him – the sort of extra quality that helped Paul Scholes become one of the best midfielders in Europe.”

Rather than get carried away, though, Fyvie just wants to get his head down and establish himself at his new club.

And he admits the presence of a few familiar faces will help him adapt to his new surroundings.

“The first impressions of the place have been brilliant, absolutely brilliant,” he acknowledged.

“I’ve just had my first training session, I really enjoyed it.

“There was a lot of passing going on, which suited me – a couple of one-two’s that were going by me that I wasn’t too happy with – but it was all good.

“And obviously I was familiar with all the Scottish lads who are down here, and they made me feel welcome right from the off.

“I knew there were four or five Scottish lads doing well down here, so I knew it can’t be a bad place.

“It definitely was part of my decision, a big part. Why wouldn’t a Scottish lad want to come and play his football here?

“If you also take into account the manager and his style of play, who wouldn’t want to play for Wigan Athletic?

“It was important for me to move to a club who like to pass the ball around – I’m only a wee guy so I’ve not got much chance if the ball is in the air for most of the game.”

Ironically, Fyvie will be competing with his fellow Scots James McCarthy and James McArthur for a spot in the Latics’ midfield engine room.

“I know I’ll probably have to take some time to bed in and get used to the style of play, but we’ll see what happens,” he added.