Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes his team has been unlucky to win more Champions League tournaments because of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Scholes achieved with Manchester United just two Champions League titles in 1999 at the expense of Bayern Munich and 2008 at the expense of Chelsea under Sir, Alex Ferguson.
But the English international suffered a lot in the European competition because of the loss of more continental titles due to Barcelona and Real Madrid from his point of view, especially since his team lost two titles against the Catalan giant in 2009 and 2011 with the presence of Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola.
Scholes spoke about the matter in an interview carried by the Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo, and said: “I think we will win in any other era five or six Champions League leagues.”
He continued: “But the competition teams were very strong, look at Barcelona Guardiola and how strong was this team ?!”
He added: “This team had Iniesta and Xavi in midfield as well as Busquets and Lionel Messi, Henry on the left and defenders like Becky and Puyol, they are without a doubt the best team I played against him during my career but one of the best teams ever.”
Scholes returned to the memory of the 2002/2003 season, from which Manchester United came out of the quarter-final against Real Madrid with a score of 5-6 with the first leg of the two matches, and said: “This team was no less than the strength of Barcelona that we faced in 2009 and 2011.”
He continued his statements: “We lost the first match in the Santiago Bernabeu 3-1, they had the Brazilian Ronaldo, Zidane, Vigo, Redondo, Raul, Carlos, Hierro and Casillas in the goalkeeper.”
He concluded: “We faced a lot of those ridiculous teams that stood in front of us, some of which gave us a strong performance in front of them, but I think the Barcelona team we faced was a little stronger than Real Madrid.”