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Paul Scholes has told boss Sir Alex Ferguson he does not want his sympathy vote if Manchester United reach the Champions League Final.

Fergie has already said he will let his heart rule his head and play Scholes if United go all the way to Moscow, after the midfielder missed out on the 1999 Treble-clinching European Cup victory.

Scholes and former United skipper Roy Keane were both suspended for the dramatic 2-1 victory over Germany's Bayern Munich in the Nou Camp.

Although Scholes can no longer be guaranteed a firstteam place at United, Fergie said he would hand the 32-year-old a starting role to make up for missing out nine years ago.

But Scholes insists that he does not want any special treatment from his gaffer.

And he has told Fergie he would only want to be selected on merit, not out of sympathy having missed the biggest game of his career.

And Scholes declared: "If we get there, I want to be there on my merit. I don't want a sympathy vote.

"If I'm not playing well, the manager's not going to say, 'You missed the final 10 years ago, go and play for 10 minutes'.

I wouldn't read too much into that one.

"I think whether you've missed a chance or not, it's a massive tournament for everybody involved, even players like AC Milan's Paolo Maldini who've won it five times."

United play the first leg of their quarter-final tie against Roma tomorrow, whom they have already played four times in the past year.

The two sides met at the same stage of the competition last year, where United famously trounced the Italians 7-1 in a remarkable second leg triumph at Old Trafford.

This season's group stage meetings between the two were a lot closer, United winning 1-0 at Old Trafford, followed by a meaningless 1-1 draw in Rome after both teams had qualified.

But Scholes believes United still have the edge over their Italian opponents ahead of the first leg in Rome's Stadio Olimpico. He said: "You'd like to think you'd score seven again. To beat a top Italian team by that score was amazing, but it's probably not going to happen.

"If we can get something out there and have something to come back here to, it'll be great."

However Scholes does not have fond memories of his last game at Roma.

He was sent off inside the first 30 minutes for two yellow cards, meaning he then missed the historic 7-1 win. But he claims he has learned his lesson this season and improved his famously poor tackling which used to land the Red Devils veteran with so many unnecessary cautions.

Scholes added: "I'm trying to remember the last time I got booked.

"I noticed in the programme I've only been booked twice this season.

"I wouldn't call it a problem.

I've never particularly worked on it. Sometimes you mis-time them, and sometimes you don't."

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Every player on any football pitch should be picked because of the way they play football, and not because of sentement. Paul is clever enough to realise that and has said so here. I'm sure he would love to play in the Champions League final, but United are a long way from it yet. If we did get there, depending on form at the time, I would probably play Scholsey anyway because of his experience and the impact he has on the team. His passing ability could be vital to unlocking our apponents defence. But like I said, we are by no means there yet. Hopefully we will still be talking about Paul playing in the final come 30th April

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he is absolutely all depends on the form then...if scholes is in great form then he doesnt need sympath......but if his form is not good then we shouldnt play him...thats my opinion.....but if fergie decides to play scholes when in bad form then we will have a problem....and scholes knows that and he is great for doing so....

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Paul Scholes is the only player in the premiership without an agent... you dont see threads about scholesy like the one on evra , holding out for higher wages etc.

He is a brilliant player, I will always say he's the best player I've seen up close!! I hope we can get another 2 years out of him, he was wicked against the pool and villa! just when we doubted him! never ever doubt Scholes he's a ginger Zidane!
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