Spurs 3 Manchester Utd 1
Tottenham Hotspur 3 Manchester United 1, White Hart Lane, English Premier League, May 19, 2001. Manchester United suffered a 3-1 defeat away to Spurs. Paul Scholes levelled an opening goal from Willem Korsten to make it 1-1 at the break, but the latter added another midway through the second half before Les Ferdinand scored a third shortly afterwards.
Manchester United had kicked off the 2000-01 Premier League campaign in excellent style with a convincing and comfortable 2-0 triumph against Bobby Robson´s Newcastle United in front of a 67,000 crowd at The Theatre of Dreams on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Manchester. The Manchester Reds went top of the Premiership table for the first time in the season following a overwhelming 6-0 victory against relegation tipped Bradford City at Old Trafford in early September, but they were overtaken by surprise side Leicester City after losing 1-0 to bitter enemies Arsenal at Highbury on the first Sunday of October. Manchester United eventually regained the top spot shortly afterwards as Sir Alex Ferguson´s title chasers outclassed the East Midlands club to the tune of a 3-0 score at Filbert Street two weeks later, and they never looked back from there. The Old Trafford men were topping the table with forty-six points by Christmas, as much as eight points above second placed Arsenal, and they clinched the Premier League title with five matches left to play.
On the final day of the campaign, however, Manchester United suffered a 3-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. The North Londoners, who were sitting in mid-table obscurity, took the advantage in the seventeenth minute when United goalkeeper Raimond van der Gouw punched a corner out to Willem Korsten who unleashed a dipping volley into the back of the net. But Manchester United hit back only five minutes later as Phil Neville delievered a cross from the right side to former Tottenham marksman Teddy Sheringham who headed back across goal where Paul Scholes found the net from close range, and the visiting team nearly went into the lead five minutes before the half-hour mark when Ryan Giggs forced a brilliant save from Scotland international goalkeeper Neil Sullivan with a swerving effort from some twenty-five yards out. Following the restart, Korsten completed his brace as the twenty-six-year-old left flanker hammered a low shot past Van der Gouw and into the bottom right-hand corner of the net in the 75th minute of the encounter to make it 2-1 to The Lilywhites. And, with time ticking away, Les Ferdinand registered a third goal for Tottenham when the seasoned campaigner struck low past Van der Gouw and into the bottom lef-hand corner of the net in the 68th minute to seal a 3-1 victory for Spurs against United. Tottenham Hotspur Team: Neil Sullivan, Luke Young, Stephen Carr, Anthony Gardner, Willem Korsten, Matthew Etherington, Stephen Clemence, Oyvind Leonhardsen, Gary Doherty, Simon Davies, Les Ferdinand. Substitutes: Chris Perry, John Piercy. Manchester United Team: Raimond van der Gouw, Denis Irwin, David May, Ronny Johnsen, Mikael Silvestre, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Paul Scholes. Substitutes: Bojan Djordjic.
Paul Scholes Quickfacts
Paul Scholes netted 12 goals in 45 matches for Manchester United in the 2000-01 season.