Premier League, Sat 29 September 2001
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3
(Richards 15, Ferdinand 25, Ziege 45)
MANCHESTER UNITED 5
(Cole 46, Blanc 58, van Nistelrooy 72, Veron 76, Beckham 87)
Tottenham: Sullivan; Taricco, King, Perry, Richards, Ziege; Freund, Anderton (Rebrov 83), Poyet; Ferdinand, Sheringham. Subs Not Used: Keller, Thelwell, Davies, Etherington
United: Barthez; G.Neville, Blanc, Johnsen, Irwin (Silvestre 45); Beckham, Butt (Solskjaer 40), Scholes, Veron; Cole, van Nistelrooy. Subs Not Used: Carroll, Chadwick, P.Neville
The Reds made the trip to White Hart Lane in September 2001 level on points with Arsenal and Leeds at the top of the Premier League. Notoriously slow starters, Spurs had won just two of their first seven and were lying tenth.
Action: Dean Richards put Spurs ahead with a debut goal before Les Ferdinand's clinical finish and Christian Ziege's diving header made it 3-0 to the hosts. After what must have been a rousing team talk, the Reds came storming back after the break, scoring through Andy Cole, Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Juan Sebastian Veron and David Beckham.
Reaction: The Reds followed up with another away win, 3-1 at Sunderland, only to then hit a slump when only four points were taken from the next 18 on offer and defeats were suffered at the hands of Liverpool, Chelsea and eventual champions Arsenal. United finished third.
On the radio: Can’t Get You Out Of My Head by Kylie Minogue was number one single, while Macy Gray’s album The Id was the top album.
At the flicks: Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi epic AI was the top film in the UK.
In the news: 35 suspects were in court following the 9/11 terror attacks; Sir Joshua Reynolds' painting ‘Omai’ fetched