Wimbledon 2 Man United 5

David Beckham

Wim­bledon 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 5, Sel­hurst Park, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Nov­ember 22, 1997. Lead­ers Man­chester Uni­ted bounced back af­ter a 3-2 loss to Ar­senal at High­bury in their last Pre­miership fix­ture wi­th a re­as­sur­ing vic­tory over Wim­bledon at Sel­hurst Park. Fol­low­ing a goal­less fir­st ha­lf, Uni­ted sco­red five goals af­ter the break to win the ga­me 5-2.

Ta­ble top­ping Man­chester Uni­ted gain­ed their third away win of the 1997-98 Pre­mier Lea­gue sea­son as Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s title con­tenders ma­naged to grab all three points ag­ainst The Dons in So­uth Lon­don. Af­ter a re­l­at­ively bor­ing fir­st ha­lf, the ga­me at Sel­hurst Park came in­to life early in the sec­ond pe­riod when Three Li­ons mid­fielder Nicky Butt be­at Wim­bledon goal­keeper Neil Sul­li­van fol­low­ing 48 min­utes of play. Man­chester Uni­ted kept mount­ing at­tacks and Ga­ry Ne­ville re­place­ment Dave Beck­ham ev­entually ad­ded a sec­ond goal for the Old Traf­ford si­de in the 66th min­ute of the en­counter. The Crazy Gang fou­nd the back of the net twice thro­ugh goals from Neal Ar­d­ley and Mi­chael Hug­hes in the 68th and 70th min­utes re­spect­ively, but Uni­ted qui­ckly re­gained their ad­vant­age as Beck­ham re­gistered his sec­ond goal of the day in the 76th min­ute. Paul Scho­les then made the score 4-2 to Man­chester Uni­ted on 81 min­utes be­fore Andy Cole net­ted the fi­nal goal of the clash in the 87th min­ute to se­cure a 5-2 away tri­umph ag­ainst the So­uth Lon­doners. Wim­bledon Te­am: Neil Sul­li­van, Ken­ny Cun­ning­ham, Dean Black­well, Chris Perry, Mar­cus Gayle, Ben Thatch­er, Neal Ar­d­ley, Ceri Hug­hes, Vin­nie Jones, Mi­chael Hug­hes, Carl Cort. Sub­stitutes: Alan Kimble, Stale Sol­bakken, Rob­bie Earle, Andy Clarke, Paul Heald. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Pe­ter Schmei­chel, Ga­ry Ne­ville  Phil Ne­ville, Ronny John­sen, Hen­ning Berg, Ga­ry Pal­lister, Paul Scho­les, Nicky Butt, Andy Cole, Teddy Sher­ing­ham, Ry­an Gig­gs. Sub­stitutes: Karel Pobor­sky, Da­vid Beck­ham, John Curtis, Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer, Rai­mond van der Gouw.


David Beckham Quickfacts

Da­vid Beck­ham made his Man­chester Uni­ted de­but in a 1–1 draw ag­ainst Brighton and Hove Al­bion at Gold­stone Gro­und in the sec­ond ro­und of the Lea­gue Cup on the 23rd of Septem­ber 1992. 


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