FA Barclaycard Premiership
Old Trafford, Sat 28 December 2002
MANCHESTER UNITED 2
(Forlan 37, Beckham 73)
BIRMINGHAM CITY 0
United: Barthez; O'Shea, Ferdinand, Brown, Silvestre; Beckham, Keane (Giggs, 85), Veron, Scholes (Richardson 74); Solskjaer (P Neville 76), Forlan. Subs not used: Ricardo, G Neville.
Birmingham: Vaesen; Kenna, Cunningham (Powell 63), Johnson, Sadler (Woodhouse 68); Devlin, Savage, Cisse, Lazaridis (Horsfield 51); Morrison, Kirovski. Not used: Bennett, Hughes.
Reaction: The 2-0 victory for United inspired a run of six straight wins, including another success over the Blues at St. Andrews in January. In fact the Reds remained unbeaten for the rest of the league season and eventually overhauled Arsenal to clinch an eighth Premier League title.
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