Saturday 23 November 2002 | Old Trafford
MANCHESTER UNITED 5
(van Nistelrooy 3, Scholes, Solskjaer)
NEWCASTLE UNITED 3
(Bernard, Shearer, Bellamy)
United: Barthez; O'Shea, Brown, Blanc (Roche 69), Silvestre; Solskjaer, Scholes, Giggs, Fortune; Forlan (Veron 79), van Nistelrooy (Richardson 64). Subs not used: Ricardo, Chadwick.
Newcastle: Given; Griffin, Dabizas, O'Brien, Hughes; Dyer, Jenas, Speed, Bernard (Solano 72); Shearer, Bellamy. Subs not used: Harper, Elliott, Acuna, Ameobi.
Sir Alex Ferguson came out on top in a knight's duel nine years ago today (23 November) at Old Trafford, as the Reds beat Sir Bobby Robson's Newcastle United in an eight-goal thriller.
Paul Scholes fired the home side in front after fine work from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, before Olivier Bernard levelled in fortunate circumstances. But Ruud van Nistelrooy's brace gave Sir Alex's men a two-goal cushion at the break.
Newcastle threatened to get back on terms in the second half, Alan Shearer rifling home a superb free-kick, but van Nistelrooy completed his hat-trick just a minute later and Solskjaer made the points safe with United's fifth.
Fabian Barthez superbly denied Craig Bellamy with a quarter of an hour remaining, though the Welshman netted a consolation for the visitors from the resulting corner.
The result sparked a four-game winning streak for United, who went on to lift league title number 15 at the end of the season.