Scholes on target as United defeat Wigan
Paul Scholes, right, scored on his 700th appearance for Manchester United
Paul Scholes marked his 700th Manchester United appearance by sending the Red Devils to their biggest win of the season - a 4-0 victory over Wigan at Old Trafford.
Mixing a typically astute performance with some of those thunderous challengers for which he is noted, Scholes also broke the deadlock with his 155th United goal. Few could have been converted in such ease as he tapped home after Ali Al Habsi had pushed Nani's low cross straight into his path.
Javier Hernandez, who missed a first-half penalty, bagged a second when he turned home Alexander Buttner's misdirected shot, then the Dutchman capped a fine debut by driving home the hosts' third. Robin van Persie was introduced 19 minutes from time but it was his fellow substitute Nick Powell who wrapped up the win on his debut, blasting in from 20 yards.
Danny Welbeck created the first opportunity after three minutes. Charging into the Wigan box, the striker was greeted by Ali Al Habsi, who quickly decided to pull out of his challenge, wisely deeming it to be unsafe. Welbeck went down anyway and referee Michael Oliver bought it.
The post-script at least was fitting as Al Habsi turned away Hernandez's spot-kick with a smart, low save to his left.
Wigan should have gone in front when Rio Ferdinand missed Jean Beausejour's cross but Arouna Kone hit his shot wide.
After the break, Michael Carrick's brilliant pass through the Wigan defence found Nani, who drove the ball straight at the visitors' goal. Al Habsi could only push the ball out to Scholes, who from four yards, could not miss.
Wigan clung on for a little while longer but when Ryan Giggs teed up Buttner, Hernandez was able to turn the Dutchman's misdirected shot home.
It was three when Buttner forced his way past Emmerson Boyce and James McCarthy before driving a shot from the tightest of angles, which flew in off Al Habsi.
Powell made a remarkable first contribution for United when he latched onto a loose ball and drove home eight minutes from time.
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Scholes will retire when HE wants to. He isnt scared of SAF....and has no reason to be either. You pratt.
Looks like those unknown panic buys were just astute buys after doing good homework eh Dave?
Ha not so long ago all the haters were saying Nick Powell is a panick buy lol
Ha not so long ago all the haters were saying who is Buttner lol
Well I think they all answered those questions today
and what happened to the chumpions, It was only Stoke, answer to peter lloyd. Peter are Wigan not in the premier Stoke too?
There was no mention simply because it didn't happen .
If you are going to write vitriolic rubbish about Utd and our fans at least don't make it up , facts only please .
The academies wont allow great passers of the ball to develop? They won't allow hard-ackling midfielders to develop? They won't allow players to develop with the ability to hit a ball as sweet as a nut? To have the ability to cover defensive duties and score goals?
Your a first class idiot williams.
williams firstly it was robson then cantona then keane,schmeichel then van nistlerooy then ronaldo then rooney then van persie and now scholes! re one man teams! getting a bit boring now! i suppose after today michael oliver the ref is our one man team?? seeing as howard webb rooney didnt play and vp introduced when the damage was done!
any more pathetic excuses for us to laugh at??