FA Barclaycard Premiership
27.04.03, White Hart Lane
(Scholes, 67; van Nistelrooy, 90)
Tottenham: Keller, Carr, King, D Richards (Gardner, 30), Taricco, Davies, Poyet, Toda (Iversen, 78), Etherington ( Bunjevcevic, 78), Sheringham, Keane. Subs not used: Sullivan, Acimovic.
United: Carroll; Brown (G Neville, 54), Silvestre, Ferdinand, O'Shea, Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Giggs, van Nistelrooy, Solskjaer (Fortune, 71). Subs not used: Ricardo, Blanc, Forlan.
After sharing 11 goals over two games with Real Madrid in the Champions League, hammering thirteen past Liverpool, Newcastle and Blackburn and coming from behind to draw 2-2 at title-race rivals Arsenal, the Reds returned to North London on 27 April 2003.
'Let them win' banners inside White Hart Lane suggested the home fans could live with losing to United if this meant their bitter rivals Arsenal failing to retain the title. However, the Spurs goalkeeper, Kasey Keller, was in no mood to oblige and he made a string of saves to keep the league leaders waiting for the breakthrough.
When the opener came, it came as no surprise that Paul Scholes provided it. After all, every United league game in April 2003 featured a goal from either Scholes or Ryan Giggs or both players - plus Ruud van Nistelrooy, who maintained his run with moments to spare by making it 2-0 to the eventual champions in injury time.