Paul Scholes has revealed he was ’embarrassed’ by lifting the 1999 Champions League trophy as he was kicked out of Manchester United’s most famous win.
Midfield legends Scholes and Roy Keane were suspended as deputy Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pulled off a stoppage-time corner in a 2–1 win over Bayern Munich.
And although that Nou Camp return received a spectacular treble, Scholes claims he was a red-faced devil while celebrating.
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“Some people say it’s weird because you played a part of 15-16 games to get where you are but you’re in the stands and you have no control over the game.
“There’s nothing you can do to affect that game of football.
“‘We got to the pitch at the end but you’re embarrassed. It’s embarrassing, honestly.”
The former England hero and Keane stood out among the on-pitch joy of the United squad as both wore gray club suits and even donned security badges.
Scholes also believes that Juventus midfield star Didier Deschamps helped him book the semi-finals which kept him out of the Bayern clash.
He said: “It’s football. Roy was a big loss, but it’s football.
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“It wasn’t a bad deal and I can hear Deschamps screaming now trying to book me!
“They were clever but it was my own fault.
‘You know right away and you’re sad, you’re upset, of course you’re not part of the selection for the biggest game of our lives, but you keep at it.
However, Scholes won the 2007–8 final against Chelsea, albeit on penalties.
He experienced final mourning against Barcelona in 2008–9 and 2010–11.
But as they secured 11 Premier League titles, as well as three FA Cup successes, feeling a little bit of cheating in an epic night against Bayern seems like a small price to pay.
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