Newcastle 2 Man United 6
Newcastle United 2 Manchester United 6, St James´ Park, English Premier League, April 12, 2003. Newcastle United conceded six goals at St James´ Park for the first time since March 1961 as they suffered a 6-2 home defeat to Manchester United. Paul Scholes hit a treble, while Ole Gunnar Solkjaer, Ryan Giggs, and Ruud van Nistelrooy all netted a goal each.
Second placed Manchester United had soundly beaten Liverpool 4-0 at Old Traford in their previous Premier League fixture, whereas third positioned Newcastle United had succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park. Newcastle went ahead thanks to a long distance strike from England midfielder Jermaine Jenas on 21 minutes, only for Norwegian international Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to equalise for Manchester United with a close range effort two minutes past the half-hor mark. And two minutes later, Paul Scholes volleyed the ball past Newcastle and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given and into the net, and the same man found the back of the net again as he hammered an unstoppable drive from outside the eighteen-yard area into the goal after 38 minutes of action. Manchester United continued to dominate the play and the confident visitors added their fourth goal of the Premier League clash when a powerful shot from John O´Shea deflected off the crossbar and into the path of Ryan Giggs who smashed the ball into the empty net in the final minute of the first period. And seven minutes into the second half of the tie, Scholes completed his treble with a close range try to make it 5-1 to Manchester United. But there were more goals to come as Netherlands international Ruud van Nistelrooy beat Given from the penalty spot in the 58th minute of the fixture after an illegal challenge on Diego Forlan by Titus Bramble, before England U21 striker Shola Ameobi notched up a late consolation goal for Bobby Robson´s Newcastle team with one minute remaining of the high-scoring encounter at St James´ Park. Newcastle United Team: Shay Given, Titus Bramble, Jonathan Woodgate, Aaron Hughes, Olivier Bernard, Nolberto Solano, Jermaine Jenas, Kieron Dyer, Laurent Robert, Alan Shearer, Craig Bellamy. Substitutes: Hugo Viana, Lomana LuaLua, Shola Ameobi. Manchester United Team: Fabien Barthez, Wes Brown, John O’Shea, Mikael Silvestre, Rio Ferdinand, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Substitutes: Gary Neville, Laurent Blanc, Diego Forlan.
Paul Scholes Quickfacts
Following two decades at Manchester United, Paul Scholes decided in the spring of 2013 that he would finally retire from the round ball game. The midfield playmaker had initially gone into retirement at the end of the 2010-11 season, but later made a successful comeback during the 2011-12 campaign.