Boro 3 Manchester United 4
Middlesbrough 3 Manchester United 4, English Premier League, Riverside Stadium, April 10, 2000. Manchester United ended Middlesbrough´s undefeated run of seven Premiership games as they overcame the North Yorkshire club by 4-3 thanks to one goal each from Ryan Giggs, Andy Cole, Paul Scholes, and late second half substitute Quinton Fortune.
In their last FA Carling Premiership encounter, table topping Manchester United had trashed mid-table West Ham United by the overwhelming margin of 7-1 at Old Trafford courtesy of a hat-trick from Paul Scholes, including a penalty, and one goal apiece by Denis Irwin, Andy Cole, David Beckham, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and The Red Devils were favourites to beat Middlesbrough despite the good recent form of the Riverside team. Boro started well enough, though, with Andy Campbell putting the hosts ahead on eigteeen minutes as the local born forward brilliantly volleyed the ball past Manchester United and Australia shot stopper Mark Bosnich and into the onion bag. Inspired by the opening goal, Middlesbrough continued to attack and former Three Lions striker Brian Deane almost added a second for the Teessiders a few moments later, but his header was superbly saved by Bosnich. Immediately following the resumption of the contest, however, Ryan Giggs equalised for the visiting outfit when the Welsh winger fired an accurate shot from outside the penalty box beyond the reach of home goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and into the back of the net with just a minute gone of the second half. And thirteen minutes later, Cole handed Manchester United the lead for the first time in the tie as he found the target with a cool finish into the bottom left corner of the goal before Scholes stretched their advantage further when the dynamic midfield man powerfully hammered the ball home in the 74th minute.
Former Manchester United player Paul Ince eventually managed to reduce the deficit for Middlesbrough with a close range header from a corner on 86 minutes, only for Giggs replacement Quinton Fortune to add a fourth goal for the visitors as the South African international scored from inside the six-yard area in the 88th minute of the Monday fixture. With the match approaching stoppage time, Juninho Paulista, who had replaced fellow midfield partner Robbie Mustoe in the 70th minute, ultimately registered the last goal of the evening when the twenty-seven-year-old playmaker produced an opportunistic effort from the top left edge of the eighteen-yard area which beat Mark Bosnich at the right upright after 90 minutes of pulsating action to make the final scoreline read 4-3 in the favour of The Reds. After beating Middlesbrough, Manchester United were now a mere seven points away from winning the Premier League. Middlesbrough Team: Mark Schwarzer, Curtis Fleming, Steve Vickers, Colin Cooper, Paul Ince, Robbie Mustoe, Mark Summerbell, Christian Ziege, Andy Campbell, Brian Deane, Hamilton Ricard. Substitutes: Robbie Stockdale, Gianluca Festa, Neil Maddison, Osvaldo Giroldo Junior, Marlon Beresford. Manchester United Team: Mark Bosnich, Gary Neville, Henning Berg, Jaap Stam, Denis Irwin, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Andrew Cole, Dwight Yorke. Substitutes: Nicky Butt, Teddy Sheringham, Quinton Fortune, Mikael Silvestre, Raimond van der Gouw.