FA Premier League
Saturday 4 December 1999
MANCHESTER UNITED 5
Irwin (26 pen), Solskjaer (29, 43, 52, 58)
United: Bosnich (Van Der Gouw 8); G. Neville, Stam, Silvestre (P.Neville 64), Irwin; Scholes, Butt, Keane, Giggs (Cole 64); Sheringham, Solskjaer. Subs not used: Beckham ,Yorke.
Everton: Gerrard; Dunne (Ball 63), Weir, Gough, Unsworth; Barmby (Cleland 63), Xavier, Collins, Pembridge (Grant 80); Jeffers, Campbell. Subs not used: Simonsen, Jevons.
The Reds welcomed Everton to Old Trafford in December 1999 looking for three points to keep the pressure on Leeds United, who topped the Premier League going into the weekend’s matches.
Fresh from being crowned Inter-Continental Cup champions thanks to Roy Keane’s winner in Japan against Palmeiras, United were getting back to league action against a Toffees team that were without a win in eight games and had taken just one win from their last six trips to M16.
Action: Francis Jeffers' close-range strike gave the visitors the lead and he could have doubled the advantage after 20 minutes, only to see his header come back off the post. A typically cool Denis Irwin penalty pulled the Reds level before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fired United ahead. Then a second from the Norwegian hitman made it 3-1 at half-time, and he followed up with two second-half strikes, bagging a four-goal haul for the second time in as many seasons.
Reaction: Leeds' title challenge faded and victory over Middlesbrough in late January put the Reds top of the pile. A week later United saw off Coventry City and Leeds slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Anfield before a goal from Andy Cole at Elland Road killed off the Yorkshire side's title hopes once and for all. United retained the Premier League