Paul Scholes pulled all in the strings in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Newcastle in the opening game of the season.

Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken out in praise of our veteran midfielder after the final whistle.

“Last week he showed at his age you don’t lose what he’s got,” said Ferguson. “He’s got a marvellous passing range and vision of the game and he’s still got the appetite for the game and that is the most important thing. Anyone who gets to that age and retains that like he and Ryan Giggs you have got two players with something special. Tonight we saw Scholes producing some of it. He looks after himself and another important thing last year was first season without injury for a long, long time and that is key to Paul – stay fit and he can play on.”