Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has revealed how much he hated celebrating his team’s Champions League triumph in 1999 because he did not actually play in the match.
Scholes was a regular part of the United team at the time but received a yellow card in the second half of the semi-final against Juventus which led him to be excluded from the final due to a collection of yellow cards.
The midfielder joined Roy Keane on the sidelines, where the pair both wore suits as they entered the pitch to celebrate with their United team-mates, but Scholes has admitted he felt he did not deserve the credit.
“You do not feel involved in it one bit,” he told BT Sport’s What I Wore. “Some people say it’s weird because you played some of the 15-16 games to get 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 match.”
He continued: “We went on the pitch at the end but you are ashamed. It’s embarrassing, to be honest.”
Scholes also admitted that he remembers the feeling of realizing he would be suspended as well as he remembers lifting the trophy.
Scholes got too many yellow colors / Shaun Botterill / GettyImages
“It’s football,” he continued. “Roy [Keane] was a big loss, but it’s football.
“It was not a bad tackle and I can hear [Didier] Deschamps is now screaming and trying to get me booked. They were smart but it was my own fault.
“You know right away [that you’re suspended] and you’re sorry, you’re upset, of course you are, not to be in the selection for our life’s biggest game but you keep doing it. “
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