Sir Alex Ferguson has labelled Paul Scholes one of Manchester United's greatest ever players after the veteran midfielder put the Red Devils on their way to a 3-0 win over Bolton at Old Trafford.

A week after his shock retirement U-turn, Scholes scored his first Barclays Premier League goal since August 2010 and his first goal at Old Trafford for almost two years when he turned home Wayne Rooney's cross-shot in first-half stoppage time.

It was the 151st goal of the 37-year-old's career and was more remarkable because Ferguson had told him to sit in midfield and control the play, with the manager admitting: "It was a surprise to see him at the far post."

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