Manchester Utd 6 Arsenal 1

Dwight Yorke

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.


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