Saturday 16 March 2002
WEST HAM UNITED 3
(Lomas 8, Kanoute 20, Defoe 78)
MANCHESTER UNITED 5
(Beckham 17, 89; Butt 22, Scholes 55, Solskjaer 64)
West Ham: James, Repka, Winterburn (Defoe 74), Schemmel, Labant, Cole, Dailly, Carrick, Lomas, Kanoute, Di Canio.
United: Barthez, Neville, Silvestre, Johnson, Blanc, Beckham, Butt, Keane, Scholes, Solskjaer (Forlan 84), Van Nistelrooy (Fortune 87).
With Liverpool temporarily claiming top spot some three hours earlier, the onus was on Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to react in East London. Things started badly though as Steve Lomas latched onto Vladimir Labant’s cross to head home from 14 yards after just eight minutes.
The champions soon levelled as Paul Scholes delivered a raking pass into the path of David Beckham, who without breaking motion, chipped over the stranded Hammers goalkeeper David James. Unbowed, the home side regained the lead through Frederic Kanoute before Nicky Butt volleyed in a second equaliser from Beckham’s cross.
After the break, United took the initiative for the first time with Scholes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer both scoring to nake it 4-2. Jermaine Defoe’s stabbed reply made things interesting on 78 minutes, until Beckham's penalty sealed three points with just a minute of normal time left.
Our free video, courtesy of MUTV, shows all the goals, and a young Michael Carrick.