Nine years after missing the 1999 UEFA Champions League final because he was suspended, Paul Scholes
will get a chance to return to the final
thanks to his first-half goal that stood up for Manchester United's 1-0 victory over Barcelona in the second leg of their semifinal series.
Scholes scored from almost 30 yards with a shot
to the far post that left goalie Victor Valdes
with almost no chance. The goal was only the 33-year-old midfielder's second goal of the season but it gave United
a 1-0 aggregate victory.
"It was a fantastic goal," United's Alex Ferguson
said. "I don't think we can expect Paul Scholes to score 10-15 goals a
season as he used to when he was younger but he certainly delivered one for us tonight. It makes up for all the goals he can't score because of his age now. It was a marvelous moment for him. He has
come through the ranks here and is one of the great players this club has had."
The victory set up a date on May 21 in Moscow against Liverpool or Chelsea, which meet Wednesday at
Stamford Bridge (TV: ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, live, 2:30 pm ET) in the second leg of their semifinal series. GAME SUMMARY: April 29 in Manchester Man. United 1 Barcelona 0.
Goal: Scholes 14 Man. United --
van der Sar,
Hargreaves, Brown, Ferdinand, Evra (Silvestre, 90+2), Park, Carrick,
Scholes (Fletcher, 77), Nani (Giggs, 77), Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo. Barcelona --
Valdes, Zambrotta, Puyol, Milito, Abidal, Xavi, Toure (Gudjohnsen 88), Deco, Messi,
Eto'o (Krkic, 72), Iniesta (Henry, 61). Referee: