Wimbledon 2 Man United 5
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.