1998/99 - 9 May 1999, Middlesbrough 0-1 United, Riverside Stadium (Yorke)
Three points adrift of Arsenal after conceding an 89th-minute equaliser at Liverpool in the previous game, United were in desperate need of a victory on Teeside. A cross from David Beckham and great link-up play between Teddy Sheringham and Dwight Yorke gave the Tobagan the chance to nod home for the vital winner.
1999/00 - 20 February 2000, Leeds 0-1 United, Elland Road (Cole)
With Leeds in pole position, three points ahead of United at the end of January, a closely-fought game epitomised what was then a tight race between the top two. A moment of predatory opportunism from Andy Cole was all that separated the sides, with United also grateful to goalkeeper Mark Bosnich for making a string of acrobatic saves. This away win was a defining game with the Reds going on to win the title with ease.
2000/01 - 31 January 2001, Sunderland 0-1 United, Stadium of Light (Cole)
Three players were sent off in this volatile affair but the most important statistic was the goal chalked up by Andy Cole, 25 seconds after the restart. Capitalising on a mistake in the Sunderland defence, the striker broke through and lifted the ball neatly beyond Thomas Sorensen. Despite dropping some points late in the campaign, the Reds still finished 10 clear of closest rivals Arsenal.
2002/03 - 15 March 2003, Aston Villa 0-1 United, Villa Park (Beckham)
Following a difficult European draw against Basel three days beforehand, United were keen to get back to winning ways in a match that the Reds could and probably should have won more comfortably. Eventual goalscorer Beckham could have a had a hat-trick but settled for a single when Ryan Giggs sent the ball low across the box and the United number seven got ahead of his marker to score. A good run of results followed and United took the title by five points ahead of Arsenal.
2006/07 - 3 March 2007, Liverpool 0-1 United, Anfield (O’Shea)
United went into the fixture with the benefit of a nine-point lead over Chelsea. The game itself was the very definition of smash and grab when O’Shea pounced on loose handling from keeper Pepe Reina following a Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick to hammer home in the 90th minute. Liverpool had looked in charge, bringing the best out of Edwin van der Sar and the excellent Rio Ferdinand. Sir Alex said after the game: “You