More was to come from the ex-Hamburg forward who was really coming to the fore. Latching onto a pass down the right by Yorke, he rampaged into the box and smashed a shot high into the net past Carlos Sanchez to bring the house down. Back on level terms on the day, only an acrobatic tip-over by Sanchez kept out Cole's stooping header after another burst by van Nistelrooy.
Yorke's volley was comfortably kept out by Sanchez before the ex-Aston Villa forward came agonisingly close to levelling the aggregate scores. Picking up on a Sanchez punch to Martin's cross, he lofted his effort over the defenders on the line but against the underside of the bar.
It proved a pivotal moment as Real swiftly attacked at the other end and Morientes' disguised pass let in de la Red, who craftily chipped substitute keeper Raimond van der Gouw to wrap up a 5-3 aggregate success. De la Red also wasted a golden opportunity in the dying seconds. However, the result was not of great importance with a bumper crowd raising over £800,000 for a very worthy cause and enjoying the action.
United: Van der Sar (van der Gouw 70); Berg (Martin 9), Stam, Johnsen, Irwin; Blackmore (van Nistelrooy 46), Fortune, Scholes, Sharpe (Thornley 51, Blomqvist 87); Yorke, Cole.
Real Madrid: Contreras (Sanchez 62); Salgado (Pavon 69), Helguera, Pavon (McManaman 46), Amavisca; Figo (Vazquez 78), Hierro, Makelele (Sanz 62), Zidane; Morientes, van Nistelrooy (De la Red 46).