Luca Zidane nutmegs Ander Herrera

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera was left red-faced prior to Saturday night's Champions League final after being nutmegged by Real Madrid's 17-year-old goalkeeper Luca Zidane, the son of football legend Zinedine.

Herrera took part in a two-versus-two challenge alongside football freestyler Sean Garnier, up against the iconic Zidane and his teenage son, when the embarrassing moment happened. (Scroll down to see the video).

The Spanish midfielder, who joined United in a £29 million deal from Athletic Bilbao last summer, must have fancied his chances of winning the ball after cornering the young Zidane. But the teenager showed he really is the son of 'Zizou' by producing a fabulous nutmeg to get himself out of trouble.

Herrera could have been forgiven for scything down the young keeper, who could do a job outfield on the evidence of this video, but the mild-mannered midfielder wisely opted not to react.

Luca Zidane hit the headlines last month after saving three penalties for France Under-17s against Belgium and missing a Panenka penalty in the same match.

Zidane and the 2006 World Cup final

His father famously netted an audacious Panenka penalty in the 2006 World Cup final - arguably the best penalty, given the circumstances, of all time - but only just. The ball hit the crossbar and bounced over the line which, fortunately for Zidane, did not go unnoticed by the assistant referee.

Unfortunately for Zidane, though, the fourth official in the same match caught a glimpse of his now infamous headbutt against Italy defender Marco Materazzi.

Shown a straight red card, Zidane's glittering career ended in disgrace; the image of him walking past the World Cup trophy, utterly dejected, now one of football's most iconic images.

It didn't take long for the French public to forgive Zidane after he stated why he had used violence against Materazzi. It transpired, according to the retired world-class midfielder, that the defender had insulted his mother.

Zidane will never apologise to Materazzi

And four years later, Zidane said he would "rather die" than apologise to the "evil" Materazzi.

"Of course I reproach myself," Zidane told El País at the time, according to the Guardian. "But, if I say 'sorry', I would also be admitting that what he himself did was normal. And for me it was not normal.

"Things happen on the pitch. It's happened to me many times. But I could not stand it there. It is not an excuse. But my mother was ill. She was in hospital. This people did not know.

"But it was a bad time. More than once they insulted my mother and I never responded. And [then] it happened. To apologise for this? No. If it was Kaká, a regular guy, a good guy, of course I would have apologised. But not to this one.

"If I ask him forgiveness, I lack respect for myself and for all those I hold dear with all my heart. I apologise to football, to the fans, to the team.

"After the game, I went into the dressing room and told them: 'Forgive me. This doesn't change anything. But sorry everyone.'

"But to him I cannot. Never, never. It would be to dishonour me. I'd rather die. There are evil people. And I don't even want to hear those guys speak."

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