Barclaycard Premiership, 13 December 2003
Old Trafford. Attendance: 67,645
(Scholes 7 73, van Nistelrooy 34)
United: Howard; G.Neville, Ferdinand, Silvestre, O'Shea; Kleberson (Ronaldo 74), P.Neville, Keane, Scholes, Giggs; van Nistelrooy. Unused subs: Carroll, Butt, Forlan, Fortune.
The majestic midfielder took only seven minutes to nod past former England colleague David Seaman and Ruud van Nistelrooy extended the advantage to put the Reds firmly in the driving seat at half time.
Shaun Wright-Phillips pulled one back after a solo run and shot past Tim Howard but Scholes made sure of the three points when rising to convert a Kleberson centre. As he lay on the deck with his arms outstretched, he was engulfed by his appreciative team-mates.
The victory meant United were only a point behind leaders Arsenal but the FA Cup was the only trophy in the cabinet at the end of the campaign with Sir Alex's side eventually finishing 15 points adrift of Arsene Wenger's 'Invincibles'.