Manchester Utd 6 Arsenal 1
Manchester United 6 Arsenal 1, Old Trafford, English Premier League, February 25, 2001. Manchester United went sixteen points clear at the top of the Premiership table after demolishing Arsenal 6-1 at home. Trinidad and Tobago international Dwight York netted a treble, whereas Roy Keane, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and Teddy Sheringham all hit a goal each.
Football can sometimes be like a rollercoaster. On the 31st of December 1892, Newton Heath outplayed Derby County by 7-1. A week later, The Heathens suffered a 7-1 defeat at the hands of Stoke City. But not even in his wildest dreams could Sir Alex Ferguson have anticipated the deluge of goals that would flow during the encounter against Arsenal. Dwight Yorke handed The Reds a perfect start when the industrious marksman combined with smooth passing midfield entrepreneur Paul Scholes to score already in the second minute of the fixture. After sixteen minutes of action, Thierry Henry equalised for The Gunners only for the irrepressible Yorke to score his second goal of the afternoon just a couple of minutes later. Then in the 22nd minute of the tie, the former Aston Villa favourite eventually got his hat-trick as a magnificent through ball from England player David Beckham found the goal hungry frontrunner who put the ball past Arsenal custodian David Seaman. A mere four minutes later, Republic of Ireland midfield motor Roy Keane managed to increase the advantage for Manchester United to 4-1 before the always dangerous Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it 5-1 seven minutes before the sound of the half time whistle. Teddy Sheringham, who came on for Dwight Yorke on 75 minutes, finally scored the last goal of the one-sided match when the natural born goal poacher hammered home a low shot in the 90th minute of the clash to make it 6-1 to the hosts. Manchester United Team: Fabien Barthez, Gary Neville, Mikael Silvestre, Roy Keane, Wes Brown, Jaap Stam, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Dwight Yorke, Paul Scholes. Substitutes: Luke Chadwick, Teddy Sheringham. Arsenal Team: David Seaman, Ashley Cole, Sylvinho, Gilles Grimandi, Oleg Luzhniy, Igors Stepanovs, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Ray Parlour, Sylvain Wiltord, Thierry Henry. Substitutes: Nelson Vivas, Freddie Ljungberg.