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Sir Alex Ferguson praises Paul Scholes

Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Paul Scholes following a goal on his 700th appearance against Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Scholes scored from close range after Al Habsi had pushed out a cross from Luis Nani.

Sir Alex Ferguson speaking with Sky Sports said:

“Paul over his career has always been fantastic at that, Remembering him as a central midfielder who could go in the box all the time, but obviously over the years we’ve used him more as a controlling central midfield player, and there is no one better at what he did today.”

Sir Alex Ferguson on Nick Powell:

“Young Powell is a player that we hope that fills Scholes’ boots in terms of he has terrific vision, a good temperament, great feet, he’s quick and is a good striker of the ball.”

“He scored a really good goal today and it’s a good start. He’s only 18 and is not 19 until next March, so I’m very pleased with him.”

Ferguson added more on Manchester United’s win over Wigan:

“We missed the penalty kick and from a position of getting a good start we were having to start all over again.”

“I thought they were far too slow in the first half. They were slowing the game down and the goalkeeper was taking a minute over each kick, and it suits their style of play.

“They’re a good team, very aggressive and I didn’t think we played with the right pace.

“We didn’t make the openings we’d expect to but in the second half we were far more aggressive ourselves in terms of getting to the ball, we had far more speed and that made a difference.”

Watch highlights from Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic here

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