Paul Scholes struck twice as Manchester United FC made it six wins out of six in the FA Premiership.
The English champions saw off fellow high-flyers Newcastle United FC with a 3-1 victory at their Old Trafford stadium on Wednesday. Dutch international striker Ruud van Nistelrooij opened the scoring in the 24th minute when he headed in Mikaël Silvestre's cross.
Silvestre was involved again for the second in the 50th minute. The French left-back burst forward before finding Ole Gunnar Solksjær who laid the ball off for Scholes to shoot home from just inside the penalty area. Twelve minutes later, Roy Keane strode into the area and slid the ball across the goalmouth for Scholes to tap in from close range.
Alan Shearer gave Newcastle some hope with a powerful header in the 68th minute. The former England striker leapt above Gary Neville and steered the ball beyond Fabien Barthez. It was to prove nothing more than a consolation for the visitors although it meant United have now conceded as many goals this season as in the whole of the last campaign.
Up to second
The victory sent United into second place in the table. Newcastle, who could have gone top with a win, drop down a place to fourth. United, who had Ryan Giggs out injured, left England captain David Beckham on the bench although he came on for the last six minutes.
In Wednesday's other match, Derby County FC went down 1-0 at home against Fulham FC. The London club took all three points courtesy of Horacio Carbonari's own goal in the 72nd minute.
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