Manchester U 4 Ipswich 0
Manchester United 4 Ipswich Town 0, Old Trafford, English Premier League, September 22, 2001. Manchester United overwhelmed Ipswich Town 4-0 at home courtesy of a brace by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and one goal each from Ronny Johnsen and Andy Cole. After defeating The Blues, United were now fourth in the table with eleven points from six games.
The Reds entered the fixture on the back of a narrow 4-3 defeat against Newcastle United at St James´ Park, while The Tractor Boys had been held to a 1-1 draw by Blackburn Rovers at Portman Road. Norwegian international Ronny Johnsen gave Manchester United the upper hand in the 13th minute of the clash as the versatile defender headed home a superbly delivered cross from fellow countryman Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The provider turned goalscorer as Solskjaer added a second goal for United seven minutes later after Ipswich netminder Matteo Sereni had failed to hold a shot from striking partner Andy Cole. The Old Trafford players shouted for a penalty shortly before the half-time break after an alleged foul by Portman Road defender Chris Makin on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer inside the eighteen-yard area, but referee Neale Barry waved play on. As the second period wore on, Sir Alex Ferguson made two substitutions with Paul Scholes and Juan Sebastian Veron coming on for Luke Chadwick and Roy Keane, while Ipswich boss George Burley replaced Chris Makin, Finidi George, and Fabian Wilnis with Jamie Clapham, Martijn Reuser, and Jermaine Wright. During the closing stages of the encounter, Andy Cole scored the third goal of the day in the 89th minute before Solskjaer completed his double with just a few seconds remaining of normal time. Manchester United Team: Fabien Barthez, Phil Neville, Mikael Silvestre, Ronny Johnsen, David May, Nicky Butt, Luke Chadwick, Quinton Fortune, Andrew Cole, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Substitutes: Paul Scholes, Juan Sebastian Veron, Gary Neville, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Roy Carroll. Ipswich Town Team: Matteo Sereni, Chris Makin, John McGreal, Titus Bramble, Fabian Wilnis, Hermann Hreidarsson, Matt Holland, Jim Magilton, Finidi George, Alun Armstrong, Marcus Stewart. Substitutes: Jamie Clapham, Martijn Reuser, Jermaine Wright, Richard Naylor, Keith Branagan.
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Wilf McGuinness´s Manchester United edged out Ipswich Town 2-1 in a First Division fixture at Old Trafford on the 11th of October 1969. George Best gave United an early lead in the second minute, only for Mick Mills to level the score for the East Anglia club after fifteen minutes. But as the clock turned over to the 32nd minute, Brian Kidd found the back of the net to hand Manchester United the victory.