Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has admitted he felt embarrassed after celebrating the Champions League final victory in 1999.
Scholes missed out on the final at the Camp Nou as stoppage time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clinched a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich and with it a historic treble.
The central midfielder could do nothing but watch from the side-lines after being suspended in the previous game for a challenge on Juventus veteran Didier Deschamps.
Roy Keane was another who missed out due to suspension, but both he and Scholes got involved with the post-match celebrations while wearing their club suits.
And the England and Red Devils legend has revealed he was left feeling embarrassed at celebrating a title he did not win himself.
Speaking on BT Sport’s latest series of ‘What I Wore’, Scholes said: "You don't feel part of it one bit.
"Some people say that's strange because you played a part of the 15-16 games to get to where you are, but you're in the stands and have no control over the game.
“There is nothing you can do influence that game of football.
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"We went on the pitch at the end but you're embarrassed. It's embarrassing, honestly."
Scholes went on to explain in detail the sadness he felt when he realised he would be missing out on the biggest game of his career up until that point.
He said: "It's football. Roy [Keane] was a big loss, but it's football. It wasn't a bad tackle and I can hear Deschamps screaming now trying to get me booked! They were clever but it was my own fault.
"You know straight away and you're sad, you're upset, of course you are, not to be part of the selection for the biggest game of our lives but you get on with it."
There was, however, redemption for Scholes in 2008 as he played a part in winning his second Champions League medal in the final against Chelsea, where United won on penalties.
The hard-tackling playmaker went on to play in two more European finals against Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, both of which Sir Alex Ferguson’s men lost to Pep Guardiola’s legendary side.
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