Paul Scholes has admitted his match-changing equaliser in the Champions League clash with AC Milan three weeks ago is probably the worst goal he has ever scored.
Trailing to Ronaldinho's opener, Manchester United managed to reach the interval level at the San Siro after an outrageous piece of good fortune. As he attempted to get on the end of Antonio Valencia's cross, Scholes completely missed his kick and was as amazed as anyone to see the ball shoot off his standing left leg and fly past Dida into the far corner.
It proved to be the catalyst for an imperious second-half display which saw United take a 3-2 lead into Wednesday night's second leg, and Scholes said: "That goal was probably the worst one I have ever scored. It is easy enough to admit. I meant to hit it with my right foot and the ball came off my left. But a goal is a goal and I will take it."
He added: "It was a goal we needed because after the first 20 minutes we could have been three or four down.
"From then on it always looked like we were going to win the game."
As Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to confirm the extended absence of Wes Brown with a broken metatarsal, following on from the season-ending hamstring injury to Michael Owen, plus the knee injury that threatens to rule Wayne Rooney out of Wednesday's contest, United's build-up has hardly been trouble free.
Yet Ferguson does appear to have found a winning formula in his three-man midfield, which will be lacking Michael Carrick through suspension on this occasion, supplemented by two wider players and a single striker, who will be Dimitar Berbatov if Rooney is ruled out.
"The three central midfielders has worked well in Europe for the last few years," said Scholes.
"We have got some good results away from home in Europe and hopefully that will continue.
"Whether we play that way in the home leg I don't know but as long as we get the same result, I don't mind."