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)
On Saturday 22 April 2000, United swept aside Southampton at The Dell to claim the club's sixth league crown in eight years - and 13th title in total.
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.