Manchester U 3 Chelsea 3
Manchester United 3 Chelsea 3, Old Trafford, English Premier League, September 23, 2000. Manchester United were held to a draw at home by a determined Chelsea team. United were 3-1 up after 39 minutes of play, but the West Londoners hit back to snatch a 3-3 draw thanks to two goals from Tore Andre Flo who found the net either side of the interval.
Against the odds, FA Cup holders Chelsea had beaten reigning Premier League Champions Manchester United by 2-0 at Wembley in the FA Charity Shield on the 13th of August 2000. Debutant Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink opened the scoring account for Chelsea midway through the first frame, while young defender Mario Melchiot netted a late second period goal for The Blues after Manchester United and Republic of Ireland midfielder Roy Keane had been red carded for a challenge on Gustavo Poyet. Italian Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli had been replaced by fellow countryman Claudio Ranieri just five five weeks later, however, after the Stamford Bridge outfit had won only one of their five opening fixtures of the 2000-01 campaign. Sir Alex Ferguson´s men, for their part, had enjoyed an excellent start to the new season and were sitting top of the table. In their previous Premier League encounter, United had comfortably defeated old rivals Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park courtesy of a goal apiece from Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the 26th, 29th, and 38th minutes of the tie, whereas Chelsea had suffered a 2-0 loss to Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.
At Old Trafford, Hasselbaink provided The Pensioneers with the lead following eight minutes of play when the £15 million summer signing from Atletico Madrid hammered a devastating effort from the edge of the box and into the net. Manchester United equalised through midfield dynamo Paul Scholes who scored with a well placed strike in the 14th minute of the clash and then went ahead thanks to a close range finish from Teddy Sheringham on 37 minutes. With six minutes remaining of the first half, a clever pass by Sheringham found striking partner Andy Cole whose effort bounced back off the left post for David Beckham to put the ball into the empty goal. But Chelsea struck back as Tore Andre Flo headed home a cross from left fullback Graeme Le Saux in the final minute of the first frame, and the Norwegian international found the net again when he beat Manchester United custodian Raimond van der Gouw from inside the area after 69 minutes of action. Manchester United Team: Raimond van der Gouw, Gary Neville, Mikael Silvestre, Ronny Johnsen, Denis Irwin, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham. Substitutes: Nicky Butt, Wes Brown, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Chelsea Team: Carlo Cudicini, Christian Panucci, Marcel Desailly, Frank Leboeuf, Jonathan Harley, Graeme Le Saux, Roberto Di Matteo, Jody Morris, Tore Andre Flo, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Gianfranco Zola. Substitutes: Mario Melchiot, Winston Bogarde, Samuele Dalla Bona.