Scholes on target for United

Alexander Buttner, right, was on target as Manchester United claimed a 3-0 victory over Wigan

Alexander Buttner, right, was on target as Manchester United claimed a 3-0 victory over Wigan

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Paul Scholes marked his 700th Manchester United appearance by sending the Red Devils to their biggest win of the season - a 4-0 victory over Wigan at Old Trafford.

Mixing a typically astute performance with some of those thunderous challengers for which he is noted, Scholes also broke the deadlock with his 155th United goal. Few could have been converted in such ease as he tapped home after Ali Al Habsi had pushed Nani's low cross straight into his path.

Javier Hernandez, who missed a first-half penalty, bagged a second when he turned home Alexander Buttner's misdirected shot, then the Dutchman capped a fine debut by driving home the hosts' third. Robin van Persie was introduced 19 minutes from time but it was his fellow substitute Nick Powell who wrapped up the win on his debut, blasting in from 20 yards.

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