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26/02/2012 16:32, Report by Adam Marshall
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Scholes' victory cry

Paul Scholes says the champions realise three points could be essential from every match until the end of the season if United are to retain the title.

The midfielder was outstanding again in the dramatic 2-1 win at Norwich, scoring the opening goal, and explained to MUTV afterwards that the players realised a point was insufficient in the title chase when Grant Holt levelled with seven minutes to go.

The gung-ho approach reaped dividends in glorious fashion, as it has done so many times in the past, when Ryan Giggs tucked in the winner to spark delirious celebrations and move the Reds to within two points of leaders Manchester City.

"There's no doubt we had to win today and we might not have done after them equalising," Scholes stated. "There was a chance we could lose a second goal as well but we needed to win. There's no point drawing games so we were throwing everyone forward going for that goal, as we will do in any game, and I'm sure we will do the same thing again. It doesn't always happen but, today, it did.

"Of course, three points instead of one is a big difference. That's what we're here to do now. We realise we may have to win every game to win the league but we're ready and prepared to do that. Hopefully, we can do it."

Deflecting attention away from his own splendid display in typically modest fashion, he was happy to heap praise on matchwinner Giggs, his fellow veteran.

"I'm happy to be back and can hopefully go some way to helping the team do well," he said. "Ryan is amazing. Just to play that amount of games for a top club is a great achievement from him and he's still going strong as he proved throughout the game and, thankfully, getting us the winner in the

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