West Ham 3 Manchester U 5
West Ham United 3 Manchester United 5, Boleyn Ground, English Premier League, March 16, 2002. David Beckham had a field day as Manchester United defeated West Ham United 5-3 at Upton Park. The England international registered a brace for United, while Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all hit a goal each to contribute to the scoring.
Manchester United managed to extract revenge from a surprise 1-0 defeat to West Ham United at Old Trafford earlier in the 2001-02 season as the guests grabbed all three points at Boleyn Ground. During a spectacular game, Sir Alex Ferguson´s players came from behind twice to eventually beat West Ham by 5-3. The Hammers went into an early lead when Slovakia international Vladimir Labant crossed for former Manchester City midfielder Steve Lomas who headed the ball past French netminder Fabien Barthez and into the top left corner of the goal after seven minutes of play. In the sixteenth minute of the tussle, England playmaker David Beckham equalised for the Old trafford side with an elegant chip, only for West Ham frontrunner Frederic Kanoute to put Glen Roeder´s men back into the lead with a fierce shot just three minutes later in the contest. But after 21 minutes, Manchester United drew level once again as a free-kick from Beckham found Nicky Butt whose header flew past home custodian David James and into the back of the net. And ten minutes into the second period of the clash, Paul Scholes notched up Manchester Uniteds´s third goal of the afternoon when the midfield man netted from a few yards out after receiving a pull back from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The provider turned goal scorer eight minutes later as the always opportunistic forward increased the advantage for Manchester United with a close range finish after a scramble in the box. And even though Nigel Winterburn replacement Jermain Defoe reduced the deficit for the East Londoners in the 78th minute of the high scoring match, the ebullient and irrepressible David Beckham re-established the two goal advantage shortly afterwards when he converted from the penalty spot with only a couple of minutes remaining on the match official´s clock.
Born and growing up in Leytonstone in East London, David Beckham joined Manchester United as a trainee on the 8th of July 1991, and signed his first professional contract with The Reds on the 23rd of January 1993. The richly gifted midfield player emerged as an integral part of the Manchester United team of the 1990´s, and was a vital member of the now legendary side which collected The Treble of the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the Champions League during the memorable 1998-99 season. Following a long and rewarding career with Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy, AC Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain, he expressed that he missed playing active soccer, but he nevertheless believed that he retired at the right time, and although he had coaching role with the England team during the 2010 South Africa World Cup, football management was not something he was passionate about. West Ham United Team: David James, Christian Dailly, Vladimir Labant, Tomas Repka, Sebastian Schemmel, Nigel Winterburn, Michael Carrick, Steve Lomas, Joe Cole, Paolo Di Canio, Frederic Kanoute. Substitutes: Jermain Defoe, John Moncur, Ian Pearce, Richard Garcia, Shaka Hislop. Manchester United Team: Fabien Barthez, Gary Neville, Ronny Johnsen, Nicky Butt, Mikael Silvestre, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy, David Beckham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Substitutes: Diego Forlan, Quinton Fortune, Denis Irwin Phil Neville, Roy Carroll.