Scholes thrilled to reach century

Scholes settled a tense encounter with Wolves at Molineux 17

minutes from time, when he kept a cool head to beat Marcus

Hahnemann after Jody Craddock’s clearance had fallen nicely for the

veteran midfielder. “I’m very pleased with that,” the 35-year-old

said on ESPN after the match. “To score goals is what you need to

do to win games “Thankfully tonight it’s fallen to me and I’ve

managed to put it in. “It was a difficult game. It was a tough

pitch and a tough team to play against.” The victory takes United

back to the top of the table, two points above Chelsea, who have a

game in hand. Scholes admits it will be an extra boost ahead of the

visit of AC Milan in the second leg of the Champions League next

week. He added: “A 1-0 win is exactly what you need at this stage

of the season so we’re happy with that. “I think it’s probably a

good time to go top. It gives us confidence going into Wednesday as

well.” United’s failure to wrap up the match almost proved costly

as Sam Vokes missed a glorious stoppage-time chance to level,

blazing over from six yards despite being completely unrked. And

Rio Ferdinand, who returned from a back injury on Saturday, admits

it was something of a let-off for his side. “I thought it was

offside but Scholesy told me he thinks he played him on,” he said.

“Fortunately we got away with it. “But overall we deserved our win,

we created chances and we could have maybe scored a couple more.

“Today under the conditions and circumstances I thought we played

some good stuff, and Scholesy scored the all-important goal.”

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy thought his side were well worth a point

after seeing them lose 1-0 to Manchester United. The defeat leaves

Wolves above the drop zone on goal difference alone, having played

a game more than Hull. McCarthy told ESPN: “We have played well but

we’ve got nothing out of it. And it’s getting harder and harder to

talk about it. “The only thing we can do is maintain that standard

and our belief, and our luck will change. “We’ll get a break.

There’s plenty of games to play. “So maintain our belief and, with

those performances, I think we’ll be okay.” McCarthy knows his side

shot themselves in the foot somewhat and that they cannot afford to

keep doing that if they are to remain in the top flight. He added:

“Sam would expect to score that. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve

been on the pitch. “At one end there’s a mistake and at the other

it’s a miss. “A point would have been fantastic and we had the

opportunity to get the equaliser but that’s the story of our

season. “We’ve only scored 21 goals, not enough. “No chance are we

ever going to give up – while we’ve got breath in our bodies, we’ll

be scrapping. I firmly believe our luck will change and the only

way it will change is by playing like that.”