Scholes explains most important Man Utd goal against Barcelona was mis-kick

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has sensationally revealed that his audacious thunderbolt against Barcelona was actually a "mis-kick."

The ex-Red Devils midfielder, 47, appeared on the latest episode of Gary Neville's 'The Overlap' to discuss his remarkable playing career, consisting of 11 Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Champions Leagues. Known as one of the most gifted long-range specialists England has ever produced, the Salford-born playmaker was quizzed by Neville on his greatest-ever goal.

Initially agreeing with his former team-mate that the volley against Aston Villa in 2006 was his most spectacular strike, Neville then proceeded to ask about his wonder-goal versus Barcelona, on the road to Man Utd's 2008 Champions League crown.

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"No that was a mis-kick," replied Scholes, batting away any suggestion the effort was intended. "It was a mis-kick, it came off the outside of my foot. If you’re trying to hit it that way with a bit of fade, it should go outside the post and then in the corner really.

"I was thinking of just hitting the target, to be honest with you. When it goes towards the keeper and that way [swerving to the right], you don’t mean that, no chance."

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Scholes though was quick to admit that the "mis-kick" goal was the "the most important" of his career when probed by Neville on its significance.

The sole strike across both semi-finals, Scholes' 14th-minute thunderbolt sealed a 1-0 aggregate victory for Man Utd and set up an all-English Champions League final with Chelsea, who defeated Liverpool 4-3 after extra-time across both legs.

Taking the lead through a fine Cristiano Ronaldo header in Moscow, the Blues hit back via a typical Frank Lampard late arrival into the area, before John Terry's famed penalty slip handed United the impetus to claim their third 'Big Ears' trophy.


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