Schmeichel; G Neville, Ferdinand, Brown, Irwin; Beckham, Keane, Robson (capt), Giggs; Van Nistelrooy, Sheringham.

Substitutes: Ronaldo, Rooney, Tevez, Carrick, Butt, P Neville, Stam.

And how does Scholes explain himself?

“Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be happy to hear it, but he’s a substitute,” he said. “I’ve got to have Becks on the right, you see.”

It is Teddy who has Cantona’s place in the team, a player who Scholes describes as “one of the cleverest players I’ve ever shared a pitch with.”

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