FA Premier League
Upton Park, Saturday 18 December 1999
WEST HAM UNITED 2
Di Canio (23, 52)
MANCHESTER UNITED 4
Yorke (9, 62), Giggs (13, 19)
West Ham: Hislop; Lomas, Ferdinand, Ruddock, Minto; Sinclair, Foe, Lampard, Keller; Di Canio, Wanchope. Subs not used: Forrest, Kitson, Margas, Newton, Angus.
United: Van Der Gouw; G. Neville, Silvestre, Stam, Irwin (P. Neville 46), Beckham (Butt 76), Keane, Scholes, Giggs; Sheringham, Yorke. Subs not used: Taibi, Berg, Solskjaer.
United travelled to Upton Park in December 1999 trailing Leeds by two points as the season neared the half-way stage. The Reds had thumped Everton and Valencia in the previous two matches at Old Trafford but form away from home was less than impressive, having suffered heavy defeats at Chelsea and Tottenham.
Action: United came out of the traps flying, David Beckham silencing the boo-boys by crossing for Dwight Yorke to head them into an early lead. Yorke then turned provider for Ryan Giggs to double the lead. The latter's second of the afternoon inside 20 minutes had the Reds cruising before Paulo Di Canio fired home a knockdown to drag his side back into contention. The talismanic Italian pulled another goal back early in the second half, keeping his cool after being put clear by Marc Keller and he could have had the Hammers level on the hour, only to shoot straight at Raimond van der Gouw when clean through. United punished West Ham's wasteful behaviour in front of goal when Yorke notched his second goal to seal the 4-2 win.
Reaction: The Reds saw off a poor Bradford side 4-0 at Old Trafford before drawing with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The second half of the season saw the champions pull away from the chasing