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Fergie salutes milestone man Scholes

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, September 16 – Sir Alex Ferguson saluted Paul Scholes after the veteran Manchester United midfielder marked his 700th appearance for the club with a goal in the 4-0 rout of Wigan at Old Trafford.

With United struggling to break down Wigan’s stubborn defence after Javier Hernandez missed a first-half penalty on Saturday, it was fitting that Scholes broke the deadlock in the second half with a typically predatory effort.

The 37-year-old pounced after Latics goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi could only push a Nani cross into his path and United went on to cruise to victory thanks to further goals from Hernandez, Alexander Buttner and Nick Powell.

Scholes’ goal extended a remarkable record of scoring on landmark appearances for United and Ferguson was quick to pay tribute to the former England star, who came out of retirement in January yet remains the club’s most influential midfielder.

“That is what we always remember about Paul, the way he ghosts into the penalty box,” Ferguson said.

“Obviously as he has got older, he has not been able to do that. He doesn’t need to do that now because we prefer him to play central midfield.

“But now he has scored on his 100th, 300th, 400th, 500th and 700th appearance. It is fantastic.”

Hernandez atoned for his earlier penalty miss when he added a second before debutants Buttner and Powell both found the net.

Dutch left-back Buttner surged past three players to get in position to let fly with a shot that Al Habsi should have kept out.

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But there was nothing lucky about former Crewe midfielder Powell’s effort as the 18-year-old belted home from 20 yards.

“Nick Powell is going to be a really good player,” Ferguson said.

“He has a great temperament. He has two feet and is quick. He is a great striker of the ball. For an 18-year-old boy it has been a terrific day.

“Alexander was a little bit rash at times but he has a great engine.

“He is raw and has a lot of rough edges. Hopefully we can develop that and he will be a really good addition for us.”

Meanwhile, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez claimed teams do not receive fair treatment at Old Trafford.

Martinez accused Danny Welbeck of diving to win an early penalty and also claimed the United forward should have been shown a red card, instead of yellow, for a late challenge on Wigan’s Franco di Santo.

The Spaniard expressed his frustration at what he perceives to be unfair treatment handed out to teams visiting Old Trafford by referees, in this case Michael Oliver, the 27-year-old who has been fast-tracked by the FA.

“He dived for the penalty, you will see that,” said Martinez of the fourth minute penalty won by Welbeck after a “challenge” by Al-Habsi.

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“And the last challenge by him on Franco was completely reckless. Under the new regulations, you can’t do that.

“I’m not going to argue whether that (regulation) should be in the game or not but, with the laws now, you can’t tackle people like that. The foot was over the ball, it was reckless, dangerous.

“That is a red card, for Wigan Athletic, for Manchester United, for anyone. The referee should give that for both teams.

“I have had three sendings-off in my last two games here. For whatever reason, we don’t seem to be measured in the same manner as the team at home.

“Today’s penalty was as bad a decision as you are going to see. I was angry (at the penalty). You need to be involved in football and you know what he’s trying to do.

“I’m sure, if you see the replay you will understand what I’m trying to say. It was a shocking decision.”

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Anthony

    September 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    This is an OLD photo! I bet it was his 300th game. I dislike such articles…they are the same as tv footage talking showing some outdated video and trying to sound current.

  2. Bob Canuck

    April 18, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Just excuses for lack of competency and corruption. Kenya Power buys sub standard goods because their employees get kick backs and we suffer when the equipment fails. I have lived in North America where there are worse weather problems than here (snowstorms, ice buildup on overhead lines, car crashes bringing down poles due to ice build up on road) but yet we never had a power outage. My lamp desktop clock was connected directly to the power line without a battery and for 9 years the time was always accurate as there was never an outage.

  3. Liza

    April 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Kenya Power should not think heavy rains are a convincing
    excuse to explain power cuts…when we don’t have enough rains they cry saying
    they cannot produce enough hydro-electricity. When we have rains, they complain
    they cannot distribute the electricity they have produced. What kind of whether
    do they want so that they can perform?

    In our particular case, the residents of Kwa-Muthama Estate, in
    Waithaka, Dagoretti (Nairobi County…imagine!)…we don’t even remember the
    last time we had electricity. We were not even able to have a TV taste of the
    swearing-in ceremony of our new President…since then…we had some few hours
    of dim lights. The problem is not rains as such since other people in the
    neighborhood have good power for so many hours per week. The sad reality is
    that Kenya Power brought us a very old transformer (probably taken from some
    rich quarters with people whose complains matter most…those rich people [we can
    guess] received a brand new transformer! In the past, the same transformer
    destroyed our appliances (especially wakazi wa Kwa-Gachanja Estate). How many
    people were compensated for the loss? Ask Kenya Power. We can at least commend
    Kenya Power for visiting our area on due time to disconnect the power for those
    who have not paid before the deadlines!

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