Paul Scholes says he agrees with Roy Keane over their views of Manchester United’s 1999 Champions League final victory.
The Reds famously scored two late goals to beat Bayern Munich and secure a historic treble, but neither Keane nor Scholes were involved due to being suspended after they both picked up bookings in the semi-final win over Juventus.
Reflecting on the game 20 years on in an appearance on Robbie Fowler’s podcast, Scholes says he felt a sense of disconnect over the achievement.
He said: “Obviously I was really pleased that we won the game and completed the treble but, as Roy said, you didn’t feel like you’d won it. You didn’t feel like the medal was yours.
“You need to play in the final, I think. You could miss every game and play in the final and feel like you’d earned your medal, funnily enough.
“It was a strange feeling. I had a couple of weeks to get used to it and Roy did as well.
“Roy was more influential at that point, he was the bigger miss, he was a leader of the team at that point.
“We could’ve replaced me really easily as we had so many really good players.
“Remembering that night, we didn’t play well at all, really, we were lucky to win it, but that’s what we did.
“We kept playing until the end and got two great goals. I was just like a fan in the crowd, we went ballistic, but, still, in the back of your mind, it’s tinged with a bit of sourness that you’ve not been involved.
“What an occasion as well, a full Nou Camp against one of the greatest clubs in the world, so you’re really disappointed.
“We celebrated, of course we did, but it wasn’t full-on, there was always something in the back of your mind that didn’t feel quite right about it.”
He said: “I didn’t play, did I? I don’t know why people don’t understand when I answer, they say ‘well, you got the medal’, but I didn’t play.
“How can that be the same? It’s not the same, I wasn’t even sub. I wasn’t in the squad, I was in the stand with a shirt and tie on.
“I think it took 13 games to get to the final and I played in all of them but I missed the big one.
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“I got a medal, they gave me a medal, but it doesn’t mean anything to me, it means nothing to me.
“I remember going back to the dressing room and joining in but, deep down, you’re thinking you don’t want to be there.
“It’s one of the most natural feelings in the world, you’re just on the edge looking in and it’s very hard.”