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Carrick, Charlton full of praise for Man Utd hero Scholes

Michael Carrick was full of praise for Manchester United's matchwinner Paul Scholes after their victory over Barcelona.

"Scholesy didn't say much afterwards and he just slipped away very quickly," said Carrick. "We turned around and he wasn't there. That's just the way he is. He is a superb player, perhaps not as appreciated as he should have been.

"But he is a legend, isn't he? And he's going to be remembered for a long time. I think he is a footballer's footballer, he's been at this level for so long.

"As long as he is part of us we always feel we have a chance. I have never met a character like Scholesy, certainly not someone who's that good.

"As a player he's one of the best around. You see how he plays in different situations, how he uses his experience and you have so much confidence to be alongside someone like that."

United director and 1968 European Cup-winner Sir Bobby Charlton said: "Only Paul can score that kind of goal from that distance, smashing a shot from long-range into the top corner like that. It really was wonderful."

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