Soton 6 Manchester Utd 3

Roy Keane

South­ampton 6 Man­chester Uni­ted 3, The Dell, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Oct­ober 26, 1996. Af­ter be­ing beaten 5-0 by New­castle Uni­ted at St Ja­mes´ Park in the Pre­mier Lea­gue on the 20th of Oct­ober 1996, Man­chester Uni­ted ex­per­i­enced an­oth­er pain­ful Pre­miership de­feat as Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s men suf­fered a 6-3 loss to South­ampton at The Dell six days later.

Is­raeli mid­fielder Ey­al Berkovic sco­red the open­er for South­ampton in the sixth min­ute of the fix­ture af­ter Den­mark in­ter­na­tion­al net­mind­er Pe­ter Schmei­chel had failed to hold a fe­ro­cious clo­se ran­ge shot from Nor­we­gi­an goal plun­der­er Egil Os­ten­stad. To make mat­ters worse for Man­chester Uni­ted, Roy Ke­ane was han­ded his march­ing or­ders by mat­ch of­fi­cial Jeff Winter af­ter re­ceiv­ing his sec­ond yel­low card of the ga­me fol­low­ing 21 min­utes of fierce ac­tion. Now wi­th a nu­mer­ic­al ad­vant­age, So­ton push­ed for­ward and The Saints were re­war­ded ten min­utes ahead of the ha­lf-time break when of­fens­ive ori­ented mid­fielder Matt Le Tis­si­er roun­ded two op­pon­ents and cooly lobbed the ball over Schmei­chel to make it 2-0 to the So­uth Coast­ers. Da­vid Beck­ham pegged one back for Man­chester Uni­ted wi­th a trade­mark free-kick in the 41st min­ute of the clash, on­ly for Os­ten­stad to find the net for from an acute angle four min­utes la­ter. Fol­low­ing the re­sump­tion of the con­test, Da­vid May re­duced the de­fi­cit for Uni­ted as the de­fender con­ver­ted a free-kick from Beck­ham el­ev­en min­utes in­to the sec­ond pe­riod, but the ho­me te­am hit back wi­th goals from Berkovic and Os­ten­stad in the 83rd and 85th min­utes re­spect­ively. Man­chester Uni­ted mid­fielder Paul Scho­les then re­gistered a third con­sol­a­tion goal for the vis­it­ing si­de wi­th an ef­fort from a few yards out on 89 min­utes be­fore de­fender Ga­ry Ne­ville ma­naged to put the ball in­to his own net a min­ute la­ter, thus ma­king the fi­nal score 6-3 to the hosts. At the end of the day, tho­ugh, Man­chester Uni­ted com­pleted the 1996-97 sea­son as cham­pi­ons, whi­le The Dell club fin­ished 16th in the ta­ble. South­ampton Te­am: Dave Beas­ant, Ja­son Do­dd, Ul­rich van Gob­bel, Claus Lun­dek­vam, Alan Neilson, Rich­ard Dry­den, Si­mon Charl­ton, Ey­al Berkovic, Matt Oakley, Egil Os­ten­stad, Mat­thew Le Tis­si­er. Sub­stitutes: Gra­ham Pot­ter, Jim Ma­gilton, Gor­don Wat­son. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Pe­ter Schmei­chel, Ga­ry Ne­ville, Da­vid May, Ga­ry Pal­lister, Phil Ne­ville, Da­vid Beck­ham, Nicky Butt, Roy Ke­ane, Paul Scho­les, Jordi Cruy­ff, Eric Can­tona. Sub­stitutes: De­nis Ir­win, Bri­an Mc­Clair, Ole Gun­nar Solskjaer.

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