Manchester Utd 6 Soton 1

Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Man­chester Uni­ted 6 South­ampton 1, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Dec­ember 22, 2001. Af­ter trash­ing Der­by Coun­ty 5-0 in their pre­vi­ous ho­me mat­ch, Man­chester Uni­ted went on to des­troy South­ampton by a 6-1 score at Old Traf­ford thanks to a hat-trick from Ruud van Nistel­rooy and a goal each by Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjær, Roy Ke­ane, and Phil Neville. 

Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s Man­chester Uni­ted had de­feated South­ampton by 5-0 at Old Traf­ford cour­tesy of a hat-trick from Teddy Sher­ing­ham and a brace by strik­ing part­ner Andy Cole in the cor­res­pond­ing Pre­mier Lea­gue fix­ture of the 2000-01 sea­son on the 28th of Oct­ober 2000 and The Saints did­n’t fare any bet­ter this time ar­ound. Ruud van Nistel­rooy gave Uni­ted an early lead with­in the fir­st min­ute of the clash wi­th So­ton as the for­mer PSV Eind­hoven marks­man con­ver­ted fine a pass from mid­field play­maker Paul Scho­les to make it 1-0 to the ho­me si­de. The Dutch­man then ad­ded a sec­ond goal wi­th a clo­se ran­ge fin­ish in the 34th min­utes, and just four min­utes be­fore the sound of the ha­lf-time whistle Nor­we­gi­an stri­ker Ole Gun­nar Solk­skjaer vol­leyed ho­me to hand Man­chester Uni­ted a 3-0 ad­vant­age at the break. And nine min­utes fol­low­ing the re­start, Van Nistel­rooy com­pleted his hat-trick wi­th an­oth­er trade­mark clo­se ran­ge goal be­fore Mari­an Pa­hars sco­red a con­sol­a­tion for South­ampton on­ly one min­ute la­ter. Roy Ke­ane ev­entually made the score 5-1 in Man­chester United´s fa­vour as the mid­fielder ham­mered ho­me on 72 min­utes, whi­le ver­sat­ile de­fender Phil Ne­ville hit the fi­nal goal of the day wi­th a shot from eight­een yards out six min­utes af­ter­wards. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Fa­bi­en Bar­thez, Ga­ry Ne­ville, Lau­rent Blanc,  Mi­kael Sil­vestre, Phil Ne­ville, Nicky Butt, Roy Ke­ane, Paul Scho­les, Ju­an Se­basti­an Ver­on, Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer, Ruud van Nistel­rooy. Sub­stitutes: Ry­an Gig­gs, Ron­nie Wall­work, Da­vid Beck­ham, De­nis Ir­win, Roy Car­roll. South­ampton Te­am: Paul Jones, Ja­son Do­dd, Claus Lun­dek­vam, Paul Wil­li­ams, Way­ne Bridge, Chris Marsden, An­ders Svens­son, Paul Telfer, Ja­mes Beat­tie, Mari­an Pa­hars, Kev­in Dav­ies. Sub­stitutes: Brett Or­merod , Rory De­lap, Ta­har El Khalej, Dan Pet­res­cu, Neil Moss.


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