We’re counting down the top 25 international displays by United players. In at no.19, Paul Scholes…
Those who argue Paul Scholes never did the business for England conveniently forget the night he put Scotland to the sword at Hampden Park.
Football's two oldest rivals were pitted against each other in a Euro 2000 qualifying play-off, with the first leg played in Glasgow in front of a passionate, partisan crowd. Scholesy silenced the Scots early, however, scoring twice before the break.
The first was a piece of typically terrific technique, as Scholes controlled a long pass on his chest before firing the ball into the corner past Neil Sullivan. The United midfielder certainly enjoyed the moment and was booked for over-celebrating by the Spanish referee.
The clincher came on 41 minutes and it was a goal made at The Cliff, the Reds' then training ground. Beckham's free-kick delivery was pinpoint and Scholes rose to head home powerfully and double England's lead.
Four days later, Scotland earned some semblance of revenge by beating England 1-0 in the second leg at Wembley. On aggregate, Scholes' goals proved decisive, propelling the Three Lions into the Euro 2000 finals.