Soton 0 Manchester United 2

Ruud Van Nistelrooy

South­ampton 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2, St Mary´s Sta­dium, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Feb­ruary 1, 2003. Man­chester Uni­ted won their fifth suc­cess­ive Pre­mier Lea­gue en­counter as they over­came South­ampton by 2-0 at St Mary´s. Ruud van Nistel­rooy put Uni­ted in­to the lead in the 15th min­ute be­fore Ry­an Gig­gs doubled the ad­vant­age just sev­en min­utes later. 

Man­chester Uni­ted went ahead as Ruud van Nistel­rooy con­ver­ted a low cross from Ga­ry Ne­ville on fif­teen min­utes whi­le Ry­an Gig­gs ad­ded a sec­ond goal for the vis­it­ing si­de in the twenty-sec­ond min­ute. The South­ampton play­ers shouted for a pen­alty-kick when Roy Ke­ane bro­ught down fel­low mid­field man Jo Tessem in­side the eight­een-yard area three min­utes pa­st the ha­lf-hour ma­rk, but mat­ch of­fi­cial Phil Dowd just waved play on. As the fir­st ha­lf went in­to its lat­ter sta­ges, Man­chester Uni­ted and Fran­ce goal­keeper Fa­bi­en Bar­thez suf­fered an in­jury and the thirty-one-year-old ec­cent­ric was re­placed by deputy shot stop­per Roy Car­roll. The So­uth Coast­ers had their mo­ments in the sec­ond frame, but the ho­me stri­kers were denied by Car­roll on each oc­ca­sion. Then, late in the ga­me, Antti Niemi be­came the sec­ond goal­keeper of the mat­ch to be car­ried off on a stretch­er af­ter sus­tain­ing an in­jury wi­th on­ly four min­utes left of nor­mal time. South­ampton Te­am: Antti Niemi, Fran­cis Ben­ali, Claus Lun­dek­vam, Mi­chael Svens­son, Fa­brice Fer­nandes, Chris Marsden, Matt Oakley, An­ders Svens­son, Paul Telfer, Jo Tessem, Ja­mes Beat­tie. Sub­stitutes: Kev­in Dav­ies, Paul Wil­li­ams, Fe­d­erico Arias, Brett Or­merod, Paul Jones. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Fa­bi­en Bar­thez, Ga­ry Ne­ville, John O’Shea, Mi­kael Sil­vestre, Rio Fer­dinand, Da­vid Beck­ham, Ry­an Gig­gs, Roy Ke­ane, Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer, Ruud van Nistel­rooy, Ju­an Se­basti­an Ver­on. Sub­stitutes: Paul Scho­les, Diego For­lan, Phil Ne­ville, Wes Bro­wn, Roy Carroll.

 

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Man­chester Uni­ted suf­fered a pain­ful 6-3 loss away to So­ton on the 26th of Oct­ober 1996.

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