Manchester United 2 Boro 3

Man­chester Uni­ted suc­cumbed to their fir­st ho­me de­feat of the 1998-99 cam­paign af­ter los­ing 3-2 to Middles­brough. Bry­an Robson´s lads went in front thanks to a goal from Ham­ilton Ri­card fol­low­ing 23 min­utes be­fore Dean Gor­don doubled their lead a min­ute pa­st the ha­lf-hour ma­rk. Af­ter the re­sump­tion, for­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­al Bri­an Deane stret­ched Boro´s ad­vant­age fur­ther when the stri­ker fired a low shot from out­side the pen­alty box pa­st ho­me goal­keeper Pe­ter Schmei­chel and in­to the bot­tom left cor­ner of the net four­teen min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf. Man­chester Uni­ted staged a late come­back as Nicky Butt and Da­vid Beck­ham re­place­ment Paul Scho­les grabbed a goal each in the 62nd and 70th min­utes re­spect­ively, but wi­th no more goals sco­red the vis­it­ors went on to pick up all three points. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Pe­ter Schmei­chel, Ga­ry Ne­ville, Phil Ne­ville, De­nis Ir­win, Ronny John­sen, Da­vid Beck­ham, Nicky Butt, Andy Cole, Teddy Sher­ing­ham, Ry­an Gig­gs, Roy Ke­ane. Sub­stitutes: Wes Bro­wn, Jes­per Blom­qv­ist, Paul Scho­les, Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer, Rai­mond van der Gouw. Middles­brough Te­am: Ma­rk Schwar­zer, Dean Gor­don, Ste­ve Vick­ers, Gi­an­luca Festa, Ga­ry Pal­lister, Rob­bie Mustoe, Bri­an Deane, Neil Mad­dis­on, Andy Town­send, Ham­ilton Ri­card, Co­lin Cooper. Sub­stitutes: Clay­ton Black­more, Mick­ael Beck, Rob­bie Stock­dale, Alan Moore, Ben Roberts.


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