Paul Scholes, He Scores Goals
Paul Scholes scored his 100th Premier League goal today at Wolverhampton Wanderers. It was the only goal of a 1-0 win that sent United back on top of the table.
"It was a big game. We knew it was going to be a tough place to come. Conditions weren`t ideal for football and they are a big physical team who made it difficult for us.
"The pitch wasn`t great and I don`t think Wolves were too interested in playing football, they just tried to stop us playing which made it hard, but that`s the sort of thing you come up against in these games.
"You need to score goals to win games and thankfully the ball fell to me and I managed to put it away. I`ve been on 99 goals for a while so it was nice to get my 100th and I`m pleased with the achievement."
And some achievement it is, especially if you consider how many of that 100 were very important goals as Scholes always had a knack of scoring at crucial times, like when he took matters into his own hands against Blackburn in March 2007 when our title hopes seemed to be slipping away; his hat-trick at Newcastle in April 2003 in the 6-2 win that made champions Arsenal shudder; his opener against Liverpool in 2006; the clinching goal in the fiercely contested battle against Arsenal in December 2002; And I won't even mention his vital Champions League goals (Inter away, Barcelona home) as they are not part of his Premier League century.
So, congratulations to the Ginger Ninja. His greatest goalscoring days are over - though he scored a very respectable six goals so far this season - but he's still capable of producing the odd sublime moment, like his brilliant effort at Upton Park this season. Neither of his goals now are comparable to Bradford 2000 (what a volley tha was) or even Villa 2006 (again, a wonderful screamer of a shot) but he's still going strong and it will one of the saddest days of the club's history when he finally hangs up his boots.