Paul Scholes back to help silence Manchester United's noisy neighbours | Richard Williams

Guardian

The midfielder's surprise return from retirement was just the start of a rip-roaring FA Cup tie with Manchester CityThe decision to call Paul Scholes out of retirement, 225 days after his last appearance in Manchester United's colours, was just the start of an afternoon that veered from the surreal to the fantastical. Three goals up on their local rivals' turf before half-time, and enjoying a numerical advantage after the early dismissal of the opposing captain, United appeared to be on the way to exacting statistical revenge for the famous 6-1 defeat at Manchester City's hands on their own home ground in October.But nothing about this third-round tie was destined to be predictable, starting with the moment, an hour before kick-off, when United announced that Scholes had been re-registered as a player and would be taking a place among the...

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