FA Premier League
Tuesday 1 February 2005, Highbury
Vieira (8), Bergkamp (36)
MANCHESTER UNITED 4
Giggs (18), Ronaldo (54, 58), O'Shea (89)
Arsenal: Almunia; Lauren (Fabregas 83), Campbell (Hoyte 79), Cygan, Ashley Cole; Ljungberg, Flamini (Reyes 70), Vieira, Pires; Bergkamp, Henry
United: Carroll; Neville, Ferdinand, Silvestre, Heinze; Fletcher (O'Shea 61), Keane, Scholes, Ronaldo (Brown 70); Rooney, Giggs (Saha 77)
United were third, Arsenal in second place, when the Reds travelled to Highbury on 1 February 2005. Both teams were desperate for a win, with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea boasting a ten-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
Action: Roy Keane's sensational pre-match bust up with Patrick Vieira set the tone for a pulsating encounter. The latter headed the Gunners ahead before Ryan Giggs levelled with a low drive. Dennis Bergkamp put the home side 2-1 up and they held that lead until a Cristiano Ronaldo brace shortly after the break swung the game back in United's favour. Even though Mikael Silvestre was dismissed for a clash with Freddie Ljungberg, the ten men in black marched on to score a fourth goal - through John O'Shea's late moment of magic - and seal a first away win over Arsenal in five years.
Reaction: Despite leapfrogging Arsenal with this 4-2 win, the Reds eventually finished third after dropping important points away at Crystal Palace, Norwich and Everton. Further disappointment was to follow at Wembley where the Gunners won the FA Cup final on penalties, despite United dominating long periods of the match.
Scores on the doors: Arjen Robben netted an early goal as Chelsea won away at Blackburn, Everton claimed an important home win over Norwich as they sought to hold off Liverpool in the battle for fourth place. Rafa Benitez's side had come from behind to win