Manchester Utd 2 Rapid 0
Manchester United 2 Rapid Vienna 0, Old Trafford, UEFA Champions League, September 25, 1996. A goal each from Norway striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and England international David Beckham was more than enough to beat Rapid Vienna at Old Trafford.
Manchester United, who had played out a goalless Premier Lerague draw against Aston Villa at Villa Park four days earlier, experienced few problems in defeating Austrian Football Bundesliga outfit Rapid Vienna at home. United dominated from the beginning and took the lead thanks to an opportunistic close range finish by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the 19th minute of the group stage clash. And just eight minutes later, David Beckham found the back of the net from a rebound after Rapid Vienna and Austria international goalkeeper Michael Konsel had failed to hold his first effort. Manchester United Team: Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Denis Irwin, Gary Pallister, Ronny Johnsen, Karel Poborsky, Eric Cantona, David Beckham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs. Substitutes: David May, Nicky Butt, Andrew Cole, Jordi Cruyff, Raimond van der Gouw. Rapid Vienna Team: Michael Konsel, Trifon Ivanov, Peter Schottel, Andrzej Lesiak, Krzysztof Ratajczyk, Thomas Zingler, Peter Stoger, Dietmar Kuhbauer, Christian Prosenik, Andreas Heraf, Rene Wagner. Substitutes: Patrick Jovanovic, Zoran Barisic, Christian Stumpf, Roman Pivarník, Raimund Hedl.