Paul Scholes was ‘WING’ over lifting the Champions League trophy in 1999 after being seen from the stands as the former Manchester United midfielder insists he ‘did not feel part’ of the success of winning the treble.
- Paul Scholes was suspended for the 1999 UEFA Champions League final
- A mistake by Juventus’ Didier Deschamps in the semi-final cost Scholes his place
- He watched from the stands, but felt that celebrating later was ’embarrassing’ for him
- Scholes said he did not ‘feel a part of it’ when Man United sealed a treble
Paul Scholes has described his embarrassment at celebrating Manchester United, who won the Champions League final in 1999, without having played any role in the match.
Scholes received a warning in the semi-final against Juventus for a challenge against Didier Deschamps, which ruled him out of the final against Bayern Munich due to an accumulation of yellow cards.
Along with Roy Keane, Scholes wore a club kit and had to watch from the stands at the Nou Camp before finally coming on the pitch to celebrate with teammates, a moment he has no fond memories of.
Paul Scholes celebrated the Champions League in 1999 despite missing a suspension
“You do not feel part of it,” Scholes said, as part of BT Sport‘s latest ‘What I Wore’ series.
‘Some people say it’s weird because you played 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’s nothing you can do to influence that football game. ‘
He added: ‘We went on the pitch in the end, but you are embarrassed. It’s embarrassing, to be honest. ‘
Scholes, 47, still remembers the challenge he made in the Juventus match that cost him his shot at the ’99 final.
Scholes (left) has been booked for a foul on Didier Deschamps in the semi-finals, and has opened up about how ‘driven’ he was and why he never really felt part of the experience of winning a famous treble
Scholes (left) is the latest guest to go down in memory of BT Sports’ ‘What I Wore’ series
The former Manchester United midfielder can still remember the wave of disappointment when he immediately knew what the yellow card meant.
“It’s football,” he added. ‘Roy (Keane) was a big loss, but it’s football. It was not a bad tackle and I can hear Deschamps screaming now and trying to get me booked! They were smart, but it was my own fault.
‘You know it right away and you’re sorry, you’re sorry, of course you are, not to be part of the selection for the biggest game of our lives, but you’re moving on with it.’
Scholes continued to experience one European Cup final, against Chelsea in 2007-08, as well as two against Barcelona, in 2008-09 and 2010-11.
United produced one of their most famous results to defeat Bayern Munich to win in 1999
United won in the Moscow final against Chelsea, where they came through on penalty kicks.
But Scholes and his teammates ran into one of the best Barcelona teams ever, losing both finals to Pep Guardiola’s iconic side of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and others.
Scholes were used off the bench in both matches against the Spanish giants.
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