17 April 2010
Barclays Premier League
City of Manchester Stadium
MANCHESTER CITY 0
MANCHESTER UNITED 1
United: Van der Sar; Neville, Evans, Vidic, Evra; Valencia (Obertan, 80), Gibson (Nani, 59), Scholes, Fletcher, Giggs; Rooney (Berbatov, 74). Subs not used: Kuszczak, Rafael, O'Shea, Carrick.
After a tense, tight derby encounter, the midfielder popped up in the final minute of added time to nod home Patrice Evra's superb cross and move the Reds to within a point of Chelsea, ahead of the league leaders' late-afternoon trip to Tottenham.
Amid the Reds' ongoing chase for a fourth straight title, the subplot of City's challenge for local and, ultimately, national supremacy had seemed set to hog the headlines. But Scholes had other ideas and just a day after penning a one-year contract extension, the 35-year-old illustrated his enduring value not only with his winner, but by dictating play in a masterful midfield performance.
Of course, United fans will be hoping for a reprise from Paul this April, 2012, after his decision to come out of retirement. The Reds visit the Etihad Stadium in the Blues' penultimate home game of the 2011/12 campaign.