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Scholes – how Deschamps made me miss the 1999 final

Paul Scholes missed the 1999 Champions League final for Manchester United after being booked in the semi-finals. He insists that Didier Deschamps was the cause.

In 1999 Manchester United was on the way to the Champions League final. Paul Scholes was a key figure in Sir Alex Ferguson's dream team.

The Red Devils had to defeat Juventus in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

In the second leg United was inspired by a dominant and strong midfield performance by Roy Keane and Paul Scholes.

The two left everything out on the Turin field and then paid the price by collecting yellow cards to miss the final.

Scholes admits that he was "gutted" at the time, but insists that he did not foul French Didier Deschamps and that the World Cup winner made the most of the challenge by shouting in front of the referee to intentionally close it book.

When he spoke to a goal in one, he said:

"You only care about it, don't you?"

"I was gutted back then, but there's nothing you can do about it."

"I tackled Deschamps and I've seen it a few times. I don't think it was a foul to be honest."

"It was right in front of the referee, he screamed like a big girl, like a big baby that didn't help me."

"It booked me and I missed the final, but maybe I didn't play in the final, you never know."

United qualified for the final, which was ultimately one of the most memorable Champions League games ever. But how much do you know about this fateful night at Camp Nou?

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