Goal of the Day: Scholes announces himself
It's exactly a quarter of a century to the day since a 20-year-old Paul Scholes scored his first Premier League brace for Manchester United...
Background: United were chasing a third successive league title as we headed into a busy Christmas period in 1994/95. The Reds were missing a host of first-team players for the clash with Queens Park Rangers, including Lee Sharpe, Ryan Giggs and our attacking duo of Mark Hughes and Eric Cantona. In their absence, Alex Ferguson handed several youngsters Premier League starts, with the likes of Gary Neville, Simon Davies and a 20-year-old Paul Scholes coming in. After 25 minutes at Loftus Road, it appeared that our lack of experience could cost us, with Les Ferdinand - a man reported in the press as a United transfer target - firing the hosts ahead from all of 30 yards, before our Salford lad took centre stage.
“He looks a very talented guy,”then-QPR manager Ray Wilkins said of Scholes after the game.
“His movement was exceptional and his lay-off for Roy Keane’s goal was quite wonderful. Even when United have players out injured, they can bring people in of a very high standard.“