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Paul Scholes Names One Manchester United Trophy He Was Embarrassed To Win

James Hilsum

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Paul Scholes Names One Manchester United Trophy He Was Embarrassed To Win

Paul Scholes claimed two Champions Leagues during his glittering career at Manchester United, but revealed his embarrassment after celebrating winning the first of those two European titles in 1999.

Scholes was suspended for the final at the Camp Nou, as two stoppage-time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer completed an unforgettable treble for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.


He missed the match after receiving a booking for a challenge on Juventus midfielder, Didier Deschamps in the semi-finals.

Roy Keane was also suspended for the final, and he along with Scholes joined in with the post-match celebrations wearing their club suits.

"You don't feel part of it one bit," Scholes said, as part of BT Sport's latest 'What I Wore' series.

"Some people say that's strange because you played a part of the 15-16 games to get to where you are, but you're in the stands and have no control over the game. There is nothing you can do influence that game of football.

"We went on the pitch at the end but you're embarrassed. It's embarrassing, honestly."

The Red Devils legend recalled the challenge on Deschamps in more detail and explained that he knew immediately that his hopes of playing in a final had disappeared.

"It's football," he added. "Roy [Keane] was a big loss, but it's football. It wasn't a bad tackle and I can hear Deschamps screaming now trying to get me booked! They were clever but it was my own fault.

"You know straight away and you're sad, you're upset, of course you are, not to be part of the selection for the biggest game of our lives but you get on with it."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Scholes did play a part to win his second winners' medal in the competition though, as he played in the side that beat Chelsea on penalties in the 2008 final.

But that would be his final triumph in the competition, after being on the losing side in the two finals against Barcelona in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

Scholes won an astonishing haul of trophies at Old Trafford, which also included 11 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and a World Club Cup, but it's that first Champions League trophy which will always cast a doubt in his mind.

Featured Image Credit: BT Sport YouTube/PA

Topics: Paul Scholes, Football, Manchester United, Premier League, England

James Hilsum
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