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Former Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes has revealed the two best teams he has ever played against in his illustrious career with the English giants. Paul Scholes made his full debut for Manchester United in the 1994–95 season. He went on to make 718 appearances for United, the third-highest number of appearances by any player for the club.
Scholes announced his retirement from playing in May 2011 and was appointed as a coach at Manchester United. However, he returned to playing in January 2012 and went on to play one more season for the club before retiring again in May 2013. With United, Scholes won 25 trophies including 11 Premier League titles (more than any other English player) and two UEFA Champions League titles.
However, there were a couple of teams that Scholes believes, prevented Manchester United from winning more Champions League titles.
Paul Scholes Reveals The Two Teams That Prevented Manchester United From Winning More Champions League Titles
Paul Scholes has lamented the “ridiculous” Real Madrid and Barcelona teams that thwarted Manchester United in the Champions League, insisting that ‘in any other era we might have won five or six European Cups’.
“We were quite unlucky really. In any other era we might have won four, five, or six European Cups,” the Red Devils legend told the A Goal In One Podcast. “But the teams that were about – you look at Pep Guardiola’s FC Barcelona team. Jesus, how good were they?!” Paul Scholes further said
“You could go right through the team. In midfield, you had Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi. Henry on the left. Centre halves of Gerard Pique and Carlos Puyol. Just unreal. They’re without doubt the best team I’ve played against. They’re one of the best teams that has ever been,” Scholes added.
We Got Absolutely Battered At The Bernebeau: Paul Scholes
“If I go a bit further back I think of the Real Madrid side that we played against,” said the 45-year-old. “We got absolutely battered in the Bernabeu one year. 3-1 it was in the first game but what a team that was. It’s not far away from that Barcelona team,” Scholes added.
“They had the Brazilian Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Redondo was unreal, Raul, Roberto Carlos, Hierro, Iker Casillas in goal, that was a team that was just ridiculous. We came up against some ridiculous teams. We did alright against them but Barcelona just had that edge over that great Real Madrid team,” Paul Scholes further said.