Spurs 3 Manchester Utd 1

Paul Scholes

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.

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