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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Scholes keeps Wolves at bay

Paul Wilson at Molineux

Paul Scholes' 100th Premier League goal gave Manchester United a valuable three points in a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Molineux last night.

Alex Ferguson's team was struggling to overcome the absence of injured strikers Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen until one of their most reliable, if no longer prolific, goalscorers came from midfield to take them back above Chelsea at the top of the table.

Before Scholes' winning strike 18 minutes from the end, United were being held by Mick McCarthy's hard-working and well-organised team, and were in danger of squandering the favour Manchester City did them by winning at Chelsea last week.

Even after Scholes put them in a position to pick up the sort of scruffy, unglamorous win that all prospective champions need, United were still lucky not to be pegged back at the end. But with Chelsea in FA Cup action today, United just about did enough to go two points clear at the top.

Earlier in the day, Arsenal lost captain Cesc Fabregas to injury in the first half of their encounter with Burnley at the Emirates Stadium, but a 3-1 win keeps them right in contention.

Fabregas had found the net before limping off feeling his hamstring. And although Burnley managed to draw level, Theo Walcott and Andrey Arshavin saw off the Premier League strugglers. Arsene Wenger will want his talismanic captain back on the field as quickly as possible, but with games against Hull, West Ham and Birmingham to come, the Gunners are in a strong position to cement their title challenge.

The events of last weekend at Stoke were still on the minds of Arsenal fans as they chanted Aaron Ramsey's name before kick-off, while a large banner was also displayed in support of the promising Wales international, who will miss the rest of the season with a double broken leg, while the players wore 'Get Well Soon Aaron' T-shirts during the warm-up.

Sunday Independent

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