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On This Day: Paul Scholes Scored One Of The Best Goals Of His Career, He Actually 'Sliced It'

Jack Kenmare

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On This Day: Paul Scholes Scored One Of The Best Goals Of His Career, He Actually 'Sliced It'

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It has been 14 years since Paul Scholes scored that absolute rocket against Barcelona at Old Trafford. Can you believe it?

With an unbelievable passing range and a knack for scoring screamers, many considered the former Manchester United midfielder to be one of the most complete and gifted players of all time – even if he couldn't tackle to save his life.

He would relish the big occasion, too, and that strike in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Barca was not only a trademark hit, but it was against one of the very best teams in the world.

Image credit: Alamy
Image credit: Alamy
Image credit: Alamy
Image credit: Alamy

Just 14 minutes into the game, Scholes capitalised on an errant pass, took one touch and absolutely hammered the ball into the top corner, leaving Victor Valdes with no chance between the sticks.

The Ginger prince wheeled away in celebration after scoring arguably the most important goal for his United career.

That goal took United to the final in Moscow, where they would beat Chelsea on penalties to secure another historic Champions League win.

Scholes' finish from 25 yards out was the only goal of the tie against a Barcelona team that featured the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi, Deco, Andres Iniesta and Samuel Eto'o.

Back in 2020, the former England international revealed that he 'miskicked' the ball when he scored that goal against Pep Guardiola's side.

"I miskicked it, personally. I sliced it off my foot," he told The Official Manchester United Podcast.

Do you think this was Scholes' best goal in a Manchester United shirt?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Paul Scholes, Manchester United, Barcelona, Champions League

Jack Kenmare
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