Man Utd boss Alex Ferguson hails 'special' Paul Scholes
Scholes pulled the strings for Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to Paul Scholes after the veteran masterminded Manchester United's 3-0 victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford.
The 35-year-old provided the assists for the first and third goals as the Red Devils got their Premier League title challenge off to a winning start.
"He's got a marvellous passing range and vision," said manager Ferguson.
"Anyone who gets to that age and retains that appetite is blessed with something special."
The midfielder has spent his entire 17-year professional career at Old Trafford, and has made over 400 appearances, winning nine league titles.
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"The game always needs players like that," Ferguson added.
"There are still a lot of good players in the game and tonight Scholes produced."
The midfielder was handed the man-of-the-match award and played down the significance of his contributions.
"The most important thing was to win the game," he said.
"We could have scored more, but we'll take a 3-0 win. Newcastle came here and set their stall by defending deep. A lot of teams come here and try to make it difficult but we were patient."
Apart from the goals from Dimitar Berbatov, Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs, the home side created plenty of other chances during a match they dominated - although Newcastle went close early in the match when Andy Carroll powered a header wide.
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