Paul Scholes says Didier Deschamps was “screaming like a big baby” to have him suspended for the final of the Champions League in 1999.
Scholes missed the famous 2-1 win by Manchester United over Bayern Munich after picking up a yellow card against Juventus in the semi-final second leg, which United won 3-2.
The final victory of United was possibly the most significant game in the long history of the club, and Scholes says both he and Captain Roy Keane – also suspended after a suspension – were saddened to miss out on.
Scholes said in One podcast on the A Goal, that: “You ‘re just not dealing with it.I’ve been gutted at the time, but you can’t do anything about it. I have approached Deschamps and seen it a couple of times. It wasn’t a foul I think to be honest with you. He was screaming like a big girl right in front of the ref, like a big baby that didn’t help me. It got me hooked and I missed the final but you never know I might not have played in the final.”
United has lined up across the midfield with Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, David Beckham, and Jesper Blomqvist with both Scholes and Keane missing, for the final.
And while United trailed Bayern into the dying minutes, it was the side which ultimately secured the treble thanks to the last-gasp heroics of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Scholes says that at the time, this was proof of the strength in depth that Sir Alex Ferguson had in his formidable team.