Man United 5 Wimbledon 1
Manchester United 5 Wimbledon 1, Old Trafford, English Premier League, October 17, 1998. After beating Southampton 3-0 at The Dell in their previous Premier League fixture, Manchester United trashed Wimbledon 5-1 at Old Trafford courtesy of two goals from Andy Cole each side of the break and a goal apiece by Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, and Dwight Yorke.
After a two-week international break, high flying Manchester United played hosts to Wimbledon at Old Trafford on Saturday the 17th of October 1998. Following the early skirmishes, England forward Andy Cole opened the scoring account for Sir Alex Ferguson´s title contenders with a firmly struck and well-placed shot past the outstretched left hand of Wimbledon and Scotland goalkeeper Neil Sullivan and into the bottom right corner of the net after nineteen minutes of intense action. Manchester United continued to mount dangerous attacks as the first half progressed, but against the flow of play Lambeth born midfielder Jason Euell managed to level the score for The Wombles in the 39th minute of the encounter. The Old Trafford men hit back immediately and regained their advantage when Ryan Giggs headed home a near perfect cross from fellow winger Jesper Blomqvist just six minutes later in the match. Following the half-time intermission, David Beckham netted a third goal for Manchester United with a low long distance effort that flew past Sullivan and into the bottom left-hand corner of the onion bag a mere three minutes into the second period before Trinidad and Tobago international Dwight Yorke joined the scoresheet in the 54th minute of the tie after taking full advantage of a dreadful mistake in the Wimbledon defence. And with only a couple minutes left on the watch of referee Gary Willard, Cole completed his double with an excellent individual display to secure a comfortable 5-1 Premier League triumph for Manchester United against the plucky South West Londoners. Manchester United Team: Raimond van der Gouw, Gary Neville, Wes Brown, Jaap Stam, Phil Neville, David Beckham, Jesper Blomqvist, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke. Substitutes: Jordi Cruyff, Paul Scholes, John Curtis. Wimbledon Team: Neil Sullivan, Kenny Cunningham, Dean Blackwell, Chris Perry, Alan Kimble, Ben Thatcher, Robbie Earle, Jason Euell, Andy Roberts, Michael Hughes, Carl Leaburn. Substitutes: Neal Ardley, Marcus Gayle.
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With competition for places becoming increasingly fierce, Andy Cole eventually lost his first team berth and was sold to Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £8 million midway through the 2001-02 season.