A cutting-edge virtual reality firm recently gave Manchester United legend Paul Scholes a new experience: scoring for Liverpool.
Scholes won 11 Premier League titles, five major domestic cups and two Champions League crowns during an illustrious 20-year career at Old Trafford.
The playmaker knows what it is like to score against Liverpool – and now, thanks to Mi Hiepa, he knows what it’s like to score for United’s greatest rivals.
Adam Dickinson, co-founder and development director of Manchester-based Mi Hiepa Sports, told the Independent that Scholes tried out the firm’s ‘Score in front of the Kop’ experience, which was made available to visitors to the Anfield stadium tour during August and September.
“The first thing that Scholes said when we showed him the Liverpool one was: ‘It feels great, but no one is swearing at me!’” said Dickinson.
Several football clubs use Mi Hiepa’s training platform. The United academy has run through drills while Bristol City, Hull City and Blackpool have tried it out.
It can train players for mental sharpness, physiotherapy and resilience – such as helping younger players get used to the noise and pressure of a stadium on matchday.