FA Carling Premiership
The Dell, Southampton
Saturday 22 April 2000
MANCHESTER UNITED 3
(Beckham 8, Benali (o.g) 15, Solskjaer 30)
Southampton: Moss; Dodd, Benali (Kachloul 45); Marsden, Lundekvam, Richards, Tessem, El Khalej (Oakley 83); Pahars, Davies (Le Tissier 73); Bridge
United: Van Der Gouw; G Neville, P Neville, Keane, Silvestre, Stam, Beckham, Butt, Cole (Yorke 73), Solskjaer (Sheringham 73), Giggs (Johnsen 59)
Bouncing back from a midweek Champions League defeat to Real Madrid, the Reds produced a display full of the quick passing and incisive movement that yielded a Treble in the previous year. The champions raced into a three-goal lead by the half-hour mark and never looked in danger from that point on.
A trademark David Beckham free-kick set Sir Alex Ferguson's men on course for victory and when Francis Benali deflected the ball into his own net following a great surge down the left from Phil Neville, United were in firm control. Shortly afterwards, Roy Keane found Beckham in space on the right and he played a rapier-like ball to Solskjaer. The Norwegian's majestic control and volley sent the travelling support into raptures and even though the Saints eventually responded with a splendid solo effort from Marian Pahars, the result was by then academic.
United were Premier League champions again, this time with four games to spare.