FA Premier League
Saturday 20 April 2002
MANCHESTER UNITED 3
Scholes 15, van Nistelrooy 41, Solskjaer 86
Chelsea: Cudicini; Melchiot, Desailly, Terry, Gallas; Gronkjaer, Petit (Dalla Bona, 78), Lampard; Zola, Gudjohnsen (Zenden, 45), Hasselbaink.
Subs not used: De Goey, Jokanovic, Huth.
United: Barthez; G.Neville, Blanc, Brown, Silvestre; Fortune (P.Neville, 42), Scholes, Butt, Giggs (Forlan, 87); Solskjaer, van Nistelrooy.
Subs not used: Carroll, Irwin, O'Shea.
United travelled to Stamford Bridge in April 2002 needing a win to keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Arsenal, who were to host struggling Ipswich Town at Highbury the following day.
Action: After a cagey opening, the deadlock was broken in style when Ryan Giggs rolled a free-kick square and Paul Scholes lashed the ball past Carlo Cudicini from 30 yards out. Ruud van Nistelrooy had a golden chance to double the Reds' advantage after 25 minutes but the Dutchman was denied by the Italian stopper one-on-one. However, Ruud hit his 33rd goal of the season soon after, latching onto Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pass and rounding the goalkeeper to make it 2-0. Good link-up play between van Nistelrooy and Giggs provided the third goal on a plate for Solskjaer late on as United avenged a home defeat by the same 3-0 scoreline earlier in the season.
Reaction: Arsenal’s win over Ipswich kept them clear at the top and they ultimately claimed the league title by beating the Reds at Old Trafford 18 days later.
At the flicks: Footy film Bend It Like Beckham topped the UK box office chart.
On the radio: Gareth Gates' cover of Unchained Melody topped the singles charts,