Manchester Utd 2 Leeds 1
Manchester United 2 Leeds United 1, Old Trafford, English Premier League, March 5, 2003. After losing the 2003 Football League Cup Final 2-0 to Liverpool, Manchester United collected a confidence-boosting 2-1 Premiership victory against Leeds United thanks to an own goal from Lucas Radebe in the first half and a late second half goal by Mikael Silvestre.
Manchester United were gifted the lead when Lucas Radebe put the ball in the back of his own net with twenty minutes gone of the game. The Elland Road club worked hard for an equaliser after the half-time break and the visitors eventually levelled the score through Australian international Mark Viduka who nodded home a free-kick from Ian Harte four minutes past the hour mark. But Manchester United had the last word as Mikael Silvestre converted a David Beckham free-kick eleven minutes from time. Manchester United Team: Fabien Barthez, John O’Shea, Mikael Silvestre, Rio Ferdinand, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Quinton Fortune, Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Paul Scholes, Juan Sebastian Veron. Substitutes: Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Phil Neville, Roy Carroll. Leeds United Team: Paul Robinson, Danny Mills, Raul Bravo, Teddy Lucic, Lucas Radebe, Ian Harte, Seth Johnson, Paul Okon, Mark Viduka, Nick Barmby, Alan Smith. Substitutes: James Milner, Stephen McPhail, Matthew Kilgallon, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, Nigel Martyn.
Mikael Silvestre Quickfacts
Mikael Silvestre was handed his debut for Manchester United in an evenly contested 3-2 Premier League triumph against North West rivals Liverpool at Anfield on the 11th of September 1999.