Man United 3 Bolton 0: Sir Alex thrilled with Scholes performance
Manchester United manager reserved praise for Paul Scholes after the veteran midfielder netted the opener in win over Bolton
Sir Alex Ferguson heaped praise on Paul Scholes after the 37-year-old midfielder opened the scoring for Manchester United as they downed Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
The midfielder, who came out of retirement last weekend to play for the Red Devils until the end of the season, netted on the stroke of half-time at Old Trafford to send United on their way to victory.
“We were looking for him [Scholes] to control centre midfield and he did,” Ferguson told Sky Sports. “He’s always had the instinct for a goal and he’s probably said ‘well, half-time, I’ll gamble’ and he’s opened the scoring for us. That could have been an important goal [in the course of the season].”
Wayne Rooney saw his first-half penalty saved by Trotters goalkeeper Adam Bogdan after Danny Welbeck was brought down by Zat Knight, before Scholes tapped home Rooney’s cross to give United the lead just before the break.
Welbeck then finished well to put the hosts two up and net his eighth goal of the season in the 74th minute – and Michael Carrick fired home from 20 yards to add gloss to the scoreline seven minutes from time.
“It’s a good scoreline,” said Ferguson, whose side moved level on points with leaders Manchester City. “I think we could have scored more in the first half in particular, we had a lot of great chances [and] we played some terrific football at times.
“But we had to wait right until half-time to score the goal and it put us in a great position.”
Meanwhile, Bolton boss Owen Coyle felt his side were hard done by after a resilient performance from the visitors.
“I felt [the scoreline] was a bit harsh on us,” he said. “United had one or two chances in the first half but in the second half at 1-0 we took a grip on the game. The second goal was obviously a huge turning point.
“I’m certainly disappointed to finish having lost 3-0 given the effort and the application we put into the game.”