Owen: De Bruyne a better passer than Scholes, Giggs and Beckham

Oli Fisher

Kevin de Bruyne is a better passer than three of Manchester United’s best ever midfielders, according to Michael Owen.

De Bruyne has been in phenomenal form this season, and is the favourite to be crowned the Premier League’s Player of the Year.

The Manchester City star has 14 assists in the league this season – at least three more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues.

Owen says that the Belgian has developed into a better passer of the ball than legendary Manchester United trio Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham.

When asked how he would rank the quartet in terms of passing, Owen said: “De Bruyne, Scholes, Giggs, Beckham would be my order.

“Beckham was a pure striker of the ball,” he continued, speaking to the official Premier League website. “He obviously mastered a great whip on his dead balls, but he had that long range fizz as well.

“Of course he could see a pass, vision I’d say decent and weight of pass good. A great clean striker of the ball.

“But I wouldn’t say he had the vision and ability of De Bruyne.

“Scholesy had great vision. Not only could he play a ball, but he had great vision.

“Giggs probably didn’t have the long range ping in his locker like a Beckham or a Scholes, but had unbelievable vision. Great vision.”


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