Birmingham 0 Man United 1

Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Birm­ing­ham City 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, St Andrew´s, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Feb­ruary 4, 2003. Man­chester Uni­ted, who ar­rived fresh from a 2-0 Pre­mier Lea­gue win over South­ampton at St Mary´s three days earli­er, edged out Birm­ing­ham City 1-0 at St Andrew´s. The win­ning goal of the ga­me came in the 82nd min­ute cour­tesy of Ruud van Nistelrooy. 

Man­chester Uni­ted had plenty of op­por­tun­it­ies in the fir­st ha­lf, but the the vis­it­ors failed to break the de­fens­ive dead­lock. Uni­ted con­tin­ued to dom­in­ate af­ter the break and the vis­it­ing si­de had their win­ner when a de­flec­ted shot from Ruud van Nist­lerooy flew pa­st ho­me goal­keeper Nico Vaesen and in­to the net wi­th eight min­utes left of nor­mal time. Paul Scho­les could have doubled Man­chester United’s lead shortly af­ter­wards, but his left-foot ef­fort went just wide of the tar­get. Birm­ing­ham City Te­am: Nico Vaesen, Ken­ny Cun­ning­ham, Jeff Kenna, Mat­thew Up­son, Jam­ie Clapham, Steph­en Clem­ence, Dami­en John­son, Rob­bie Sav­age, Chris­tophe Du­garry, Stern John, Clin­ton Mor­ris­on. Sub­stitutes: Stan Laz­ar­id­is, Pio­tr Swi­er­czewski, Jovan Kirovski, Paul Dev­lin, Ian Ben­nett. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Roy Car­roll, Ga­ry Ne­ville, Wes­ley Bro­wn, Rio Fer­dinand, Mi­kael Sil­vestre, Da­vid Beck­ham, Ry­an Gig­gs, Roy Ke­ane, Paul Scho­les, Ju­an Se­basti­an Ver­on, Ruud van Nistel­rooy. Sub­stitutes: Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer, Phil Ne­ville, Nicky Butt, Diego For­lan, Ri­cardo Lo­pez Felipe.


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Sir Matt Busby´s Man­chester Uni­ted out­classed Birm­ing­ham City by a 6-2 score at Old Traf­ford in an FA Cup Fifth Ro­und Re­play on the 4th of Feb­ruary 1969 thanks to a hat-trick by Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al stri­ker De­nis Law and one goal apiece from Pad­dy Cre­rand, Bri­an Kidd, and Wil­lie Morgan.


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