Scholes has complaint about amazing Man Utd goal vs Barcelona in 2008

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On this day 15 years ago, Paul Scholes fired Manchester United through to the Champions League final at the expense of Barcelona. The Red Devils icon unleashed a stunning strike that sailed into the top corner and beyond the reach of Victor Valdes. However, when quizzed on his heroics that evening, the 48-year-old is far from enthusiastic.

Manchester United hosted Barcelona at Old Trafford all the way back in 2008 with the tie in the balance following a goalless draw at the Nou Camp.

The Red Devils had spurned a glorious chance to go ahead in Catalonia, with Cristiano Ronaldo missing an early penalty.

But United then got the job done at home, with Scholes the matchwinner. His powerful strike sailed past Valdes and Sir Alex Ferguson’s side then dug deep to keep the visitors at bay.

Earlier in the season, United hosted Barcelona again. And Scholes, speaking to club media, revealed he’d actually scuffed his shot.

“It was a miskick but I wouldn’t say it was my shin,” he said.

“It was the outside of my foot and the best miskick I’ve ever done anyway.”

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United would proceed to lose two finals to Barcelona in the three years that followed.

They were beaten 2-0 in the 2009 Champions League final, with Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi on target.

And the Red Devils were outclassed as Barcelona cruised to victory in 2011, too, with Messi, Pedro and David Villa all finding the net.

In February, Scholes hailed the quality of that Barcelona side and expressed a belief they were the best team he faced during his time at United.

“That midfield: Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, will go down in history, don’t forget [Sergio] Busquets as well,” he said.

“He was not bad either but they were probably the best I played against.

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“There were some great teams, you think of Real Madrid, the AC Milan team but Barca were just different and a sensational football team.

“Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets – what a footballer he is as well.

“You just couldn’t get close to them. It was all about concentration, if you lose it, they can go on and score or they’re away.

“And you add [Lionel] Messi into that, it was just a brilliant football team.

“They were the very best – they won the Champions League, league titles, the Euros with the national team and the World Cup.”

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Owen Hargreaves, meanwhile, opened up on how a tweak from Ferguson allowed him to help keep Barcelona at bay.

“I often played right-back in quite big games, just because depending on the personnel and opposition with certain players,” he said.

“As I was quite quick, the manager used to put me there.

“Scholesy and [Michael] Carrick were on fire playing centre-midfield so I wasn’t going to play there.

“We had a pretty good frontline too with [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Carlos] Tevez and [Wayne] Rooney. So I played right-back in the two semis.

“To be fair, it was one of the best defensive performances I’ve seen over two legs.

“They didn’t score. I know we were under pressure but, without the ball, Scholesy will remember we did a session under Carlos Queiroz.

“As good as Barcelona were, they weren’t all that quick, those players.

“They’d do these triangles and go around the corner so we kept the shape and [were told] not to dive in but sit tight.

“I don’t think many of the lads enjoyed it, it was so boring, but when it gets you to the Champions League final, it’s a beautiful thing.”

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