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Scholes proves he still has it with wonder goal from inside his own half

It is a familiar figure that steals the ball and glides forward before releasing an almost missile-guided effort that is just millimetres above the outstretched hand of the keeper and under the bar.

Whose gait is it? Well, the old adage goes that class is permanent and form temporary, and that very much appears to be the case with retired Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.

The midfield schemer was revered throughout Europe for his exceptional technical ability, with Andres Iniesta having previously stated that the midfield maestro was often a reference point at Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy.

Part of Scholes's appeal when he played for United was his unassuming nature and that is evident in the clip above as ambles into shot looking like your average five-a-side player. But what comes next is extraordinary.

Scholes was in action for Chadderton Park Legends against Chaddy Park Vets when he won a clean tackle (!) just outside his own box and looked up before releasing a perfectly-flighted effort from inside his own half that left the keeper in no man’s land as it dropped under the crossbar.

The Class of '92 film released yesterday chronicles the rise of Scholes and fellow United heroes Ryan Giggs, the Neville brothers and David Beckham and what United fans would do now to have a player of his calibre amongst their ranks as they look to defend their Premier League crown.