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Moment Man Utd legend Paul Scholes tops up petrol by roadside with jerry can as UK gripped by fuel crisis

MANCHESTER United legend Paul Scholes has been seen topping up a car with petrol from a jerry can amid the UK's fuel crisis.

Video shows the football ace, 46, at the side of a road unscrewing the petrol cap of a Mercedes 4MATIC on the side of a country road.

Other motorists drive past the England star, who is wearing a black hoodie.

Scholes is then handed a cannister by a man before he pours in the precious fuel.

The footage, filmed from a car behind, was posted on his daughter Alicia's Instagram story yesterday - as petrol pump chaos saw Brits battle to refuel.

A caption reads: "Last time u can have a go at me for having no petrol, Paul Scholes."

PETROL PUMP CHAOS

Sun Online have contacted Scholes's representative for comment.

It comes as panic buyers filling up jerry cans and piling them into their cars were issued a harrowing warning that their cars could EXPLODE.

Retired firefighter Steve Dudeney has now urged people to "beware" of carrying fuel reserves in their cars - as they could blow up.

Meanwhile, 150 troops started training to drive petrol tankers - despite a Cabinet minister claiming there were no shortages or plans to call in the Army.

Boris Johnson put the military on standby in a desperate bid to end the fuel chaos.

Huge queues have snaked from service stations over the past few days as drivers waited hours to refuel.

ARMY ON STANDBY

On Sunday night, it was reported 90 per cent of independent service stations had run dry, with nearly a third of BP's forecourts empty.

The crisis has been blamed on a lack of HGV drivers which has hit fuel delivery and panic buying.

Fights have broken out on petrol station forecourts as the weekend's chaos spilled into Monday when millions returned to work.

Shocking footage shows one driver appearing to pull a knife on another before being run over.

Heartless thieves have even resorted to stealing petrol from cars as the fuel crisis crippled Britain.

If required, the deployment of military personnel will provide the supply chain with additional capacity as a temporary measure to help ease pressures caused by spikes in localised demand for fuel

Kwawsi Kwarteng, Business Secretary

Environment Secretary George Eustice had claimed: “There have been some shortages of HGV drivers getting petrol to forecourts but actually that is quite limited.”

He said: “We’ve no plans at the moment to bring in the Army to do the driving.”

But 150 soldiers have reportedly been put on standby to help deliver vital fuel and petrol supplies.

Desperate motorists have even started following fuel delivery drivers to petrol stations, earning the nickname 'tanker w***ers'.

FUEL CRISIS

And key workers will get exclusive access to petrol pumps under emergency government plans, it is reported.

Last night, it emerged that essential workers are set to be granted “priority access” to certain stations under proposed measures.

A cap on petrol purchases was also said to be in the works after desperate drivers were held up in mile-long queues at stations.

Sources told the Telegraph that it was hoped the crisis would be solved without the need for measures.

Fuel suppliers have predicted demand will return to normal by the end of the week, but

Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary, insisted: "The UK continues to have strong supplies of fuel.

"However, we are aware of supply chain issues at fuel station forecourts and are taking steps to ease these as a matter of priority,.

“If required, the deployment of military personnel will provide the supply chain with additional capacity as a temporary measure to help ease pressures caused by spikes in localised demand for fuel.”

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