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Fergie salutes veteran midfielder Scholes on landmark appearance

Published on Sep 16, 2012 7:36 AM

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - 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.

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