Former Sheffield United midfielder helps get Manchester United legend Paul Scholes off to a winning start as Oldham Athletic boss

Oldham Athletic's Jose Baxter (second left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Sky Bet League Two match at Boundary Park, Oldham.  Simon Cooper/PA Wire.
Oldham Athletic's Jose Baxter (second left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Sky Bet League Two match at Boundary Park, Oldham. Simon Cooper/PA Wire.

Paul Scholes set off on his managerial career with a victory after Oldham Athletic’s 4-1 win over Plymouth Argyle.

And he had a former Sheffield United midfielder to thank for the debut win.

Oldham manager Paul Scholes during the Sky Bet League Two match at Boundary Park, Oldham. Simon Cooper/PA Wire.

Oldham manager Paul Scholes during the Sky Bet League Two match at Boundary Park, Oldham. Simon Cooper/PA Wire.

Jose Baxter scored the first goal of Scholes’ reign at the Manchester United legend’s hometown club, deep into injury time in the first half.

Baxter's composure from 12 yards in the fifth minute of added time - his first goal in five months - provided the breakthrough with a low, curling finish.

Callum Lang made it 2-0 before Mohamed Mouche and Christopher Missilou completed the rout in the final two minutes after Bevis Mugabi had reduced the deficit.

The new Latics boss, who plans to tap into contacts at his old club, handed a first start to Sheffield-born on-loan United academy forward Zak Dearnley after he scored on debut at the weekend. 

Oldham manager Paul Scholes celebrates his sides first goal during the Sky Bet League Two match at Boundary Park, Oldham. Simon Cooper/PA Wire.

Oldham manager Paul Scholes celebrates his sides first goal during the Sky Bet League Two match at Boundary Park, Oldham. Simon Cooper/PA Wire.