Manchester U 3 Millwall 0
Manchester United 3 Millwall 0, Millennium Stadium, English FA Cup Final, May 22, 2004. The FA Cup Final at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in 2004 turned out to be a somewhat one-sided affair as Manchester United cruised to a comfortable victory against Football League First Division club Millwall. Cristiano Ronaldo headed United in front one minute ahead of the interval before Ruud van Nistelrooy struck twice in the second period to make it 3-0.
Having accounted for cup specialists Sunderland in the semi final at Old Trafford, there was a great anticipation among the Millwall supporters. Inspired by player-manager Denis Wise, Millwall played with great spirit in the first half and winger Paul Ifill almost put the East Londoners ahead, but his powerful shot was blocked. Then, in the 44th minute of action, a brilliant cross from defender Gary Neville found goal ace Cristiano Ronaldo who headed the ball past Millwall goalkeeper Andy Marshall and into the back of the net to give Manchester United a 1-0 lead. The Reds doubled their advantage four minutes past the hour mark when Ryan Giggs gained a penalty-kick which was subsequently converted by Netherlands international Ruud van Nistelrooy. And, with nine minutes remaining on referee Jeff Winter´s watch, Manchester United had their third goal as Giggs crossed for Van Nistelrooy who tapped the ball into the net from only three yards out to secure a 3-0 win which brought the FA Cup back to Old Trafford after a five-year absence. Sir Alex Ferguson eventually made a triple substitution in the 84th minute of the tie when he brought on Nicky Butt, Roy Carroll, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Darren Fletcher, Tim Howard, and Ronaldo respectively, but they never really had enough time to make an impact on the match. Now, Van Nistelrooy may very well have been voted Man of the Match, but it was Ronaldo who was the main protagonist of the 2004 FA Cup Final. Manchester United Team: Timonthy Howard, Gary Neville, Wesley Brown, John O’Shea, Mikael Silvestre, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Cristiano Ronaldo, Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy. Substitutes: Nicky Butt, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Eric Djemba-Djemba, Phil Neville, Roy Carroll. Millwall Team: Andy Marshall, Matt Lawrence, Robbie Ryan, Darren Philip Ward, Marvin Elliott, Paul Ifill, David Livermore, Peter Sweeney, Dennis Wise, Tim Cahill, Neil Harris. Substitutes: Alan Dunne, Curtis Weston, Barry Cogan, Mark McCammon, Willy Gueret.
Manchester United Quickfacts
Tommy Reid hit a hat-trick as Manchester United beat Millwall 7-1 in a Second Division game at Old Trafford on the 22nd of October 1932. United ended the season sixth in the standings with 43 points, thirteen points behind winners Stoke City and twelve adrift of runners-up Tottenham Hotspur.