Wednesday 12 December 2001
MANCHESTER UNITED 5
(Solskjaer 6, 58, Keane 10, van Nistelrooy 63, Scholes 89)
DERBY COUNTY 0
United: Barthez (Carroll 83); G. Neville, Blanc, O'Shea, Silvestre; Veron, Keane, Butt, Scholes; van Nistelrooy (Yorke 79), Solskjaer.
Derby: Oakes; Grenet, Riggott, Mawene (Burton 64), Zavagno, Higginbotham; Ducrocq (Murray 74), Bolder, Carbone; Christie (Boertien 70), Ravanelli.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got the Reds off to a perfect start, collecting Mikael Silvestre's pass and slipping past Andy Oakes in the Derby goal. Solskjaer turned provider for Roy Keane to double United's tally by firing home an inviting low cross.
Keane and Juan Sebastian Veron both forced fine saves from Oakes in the first half, before Solskjaer delivered the killer blow two minutes before the hour mark, tapping in after Ruud van Nistelrooy had forced another save from the besieged County goalkeeper.
Van Nistelrooy got himself on the scoresheet five minutes later, rounding off a good United move involving Keane and Paul Scholes, the goal coming just moments after Fabrizio Ravanelli had seen a golden chance saved by Fabien Barthez. And Paul Scholes rounded off the scoring late on, controlling Solskjaer's pass and driving home.