Back in the autumn of 1999, Paul Scholes scored twice for England against Scotla
Back in the autumn of 1999, Paul Scholes scored twice for England against Scotland at Hampden Park to set up the Three Lions' play-off victory and qualification for Euro 2000, but that was a memory that his manager at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, was loathed to recall...
"Please, not that again," Ferguson groaned. "No wonder there is racial tension in the world!"
Tonight sees United take on Rangers in European competition for the first time ever and in this, their ninth Champions League campaign, they are looking for their 50th victory.
Key to United's hopes could be Scholes, who has returned from injury to take his place in the heart of Ferguson's midfield. And, though he was expected to have been out for longer, Scholes is back to full fitness and looking forward to playing at Ibrox tonight: "I feel fine since I've come back. There haven't been any problems and hopefully that will carry on."
Last season saw Scholes play some of the best football of his career as United caught and overtook Arsenal in the race for the Premiership title. Scholes scored fourteen goals - his best haul ever - and the midfileder, who will be 29 next month, was playing so well that Old Trafford legend Bryan Robson was moved to compare him to the great Zinedine Zidane.
That is a view shared by many, including one of the players Scholes will be up against this evening - former United defender Henning Berg. The Norweigan is a big admirer of the player and feels that he is "one of the best players in the world".
He said: "I would put him up there with Zidane. I saw United's game with Real Madrid last season. There was only one player on the pitch who could match Zidane and that was Scholes.
"He has such great movement and touch. The way he finds positions and takes the ball away from defenders is brilliant. He has great skill and knowledge."
Now back in the side and playing well, Scholes has returned to his role as the player the opposition must stop if they want a genuine chance of beating United - a point not missed by Rangers manager Alex McLeish. "We will have to be very vigilant - Scholes is a clever, clever player," he said.
"He's hard to play against at the best of times. Do you put a man marker on him or do you put a line in front of him? But he still finds space and at some stage he will be a threat."
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