Paul Scholes: Thierry Henry’s legendary goal vs. Man United was my fault


Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has admitted to being at fault on the play that resulted in one of soccer’s greatest goals of all-time, Thierry Henry‘s famous volley against Man United in 2000 (Watch here).

In his regular Friday column for the London Evening Standard this week, Scholes speaks on a number of topics, including the time he dressed up as one of Snow White’s seven dwarves as a United youth player and the recent retirement of Henry, a player Scholes respects a great deal and calls “a wonderful footballer.”

On the Henry goal:

Henry’s goal against United at Highbury in 2000 was among the best of the lot. Unfortunately for us, Sir Alex had warned us before the game about Arsenal playing the ball into Henry’s feet from short free-kicks. Sure enough, when we came to review the video of that marvelous goal, there was yours truly ambling across to try to block the ball going into Henry. Before we knew it, he had flicked it up and volleyed it into our net.

On dressing up as a dwarf: 

At Manchester United there is an old Christmas tradition that the apprentices – as we were known in my teenage years – put on a pantomime show for the first team which was full of jokes at the expense of the senior players. You could say it was a formative experience for me: I was one of the seven dwarves.

When I look back at it, the other dwarves included Gary Neville, David Beckham and Nicky Butt although sadly I cannot recall which of us was Dopey.

Newspapers and magazines around the world would pay millions for photos of a young Beckham dressed as a dwarf. It’s a shame such a photograph doesn’t exist.

Scholes was clearly a highly intelligent player during his playing days, and he seems to be equally thoughtful in his recent string of columns, many of which look back on his career in retrospect and about the future of United.