By Alan Duffy
Manchester United 3-0 Bolton Wanderers – Premier League – 14th January 2012
Starting for the first time since his surprise emergence from retirement, Paul Scholes made it 18 Premier League seasons (out of 18) in which he’s scored after netting the opener against Bolton, with the goal coming just before the break.
United had, not surprisingly, dominated the opening exchanges against a Bolton side shorn of Chelsea-bound Gary Cahill. Goalkeeper Adam Bogdan was doing his utmost to stem the red tide for the Trotters, even saving a Wayne Rooney spot-kick, awarded after Zat Knight had tripped Danny Welbeck. However, with half-time approaching, Rooney atoned for his miss,