UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg
Tuesday 2 April, 2002


(Beckham 15, Van Nistelrooy 41)

Deportivo: Molina; Scaloni, Romero, Naybet, Cesar; Silva, Victor (Duscher, 87), Valeron (Djalminha, 68), Tristan; Fran (Makaay, 60), Sergio.

United: Barthez; Neville, Johnson, Blanc, Silvestre; Beckham (P Neville, 90), Butt, Keane (Fortune, 45), Giggs; Scholes, Van Nistelrooy (Solskjaer, 76).

15/03/2012 11:30, Report by M Froggatt, S Bibby

Video: Deportivo 2002

If you’re looking for inspiration ahead of Thursday's trip to Bilbao, look no further than United’s 2-0 win over highly-fancied Deportivo La Coruna in 2002.

The Reds need to win by two clear goals - or else win by the odd goal in seven or more - in order to progress through to the next round of the Europa League, having lost 2-3 in the home leg against Athletic Club.

The Basque club’s impressive record at the San Mames stadium will not make it easy, but Sir Alex is determined to produce another famous win on Spanish soil. A carbon copy of the Champions League victory over Deportivo almost a decade ago would do the job.

Goals from David Beckham and Ruud van Nistelrooy sealed United's triumph in April 2002, although celebrations were soured by serious injuries to Beckham and Roy Keane. Paul Scholes' booking and suspension also meant the Reds were without three key midfielders in the second leg at Old Trafford.

Watch highlights from the match above, courtesy of MUTV.

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