Barclays Premier League
06/03/2002, Old Trafford
MANCHESTER UNITED 4
(Beckham, 15, 64; van Nistelrooy, 43 pen, 76)
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0
United: Barthez, G Neville (P Neville, 69), Blanc, Johnsen, Silvestre, Beckham, Veron (Fortune, 71), Keane, Scholes (Butt, 71), Forlan, van Nistelrooy. Subs not used: Carroll, Giggs.
Spurs: Sullivan, Thatcher, Richards, King, Taricco, Davies, Sherwood, Poyet (Perry, 66), Ziege (Etherington, 86), Sheringham, Rebrov (Ferdinand, 46). Subs not used: Keller, Gardner.
While the goal tally was halved from the previous meeting - Spurs failing to contribute any strikes at Old Trafford - there was still plenty for the faithful to enjoy as the Reds returned to the top of the table in style.
David Beckham, executioner of the cake-icing fifth goal in North London, struck first in Manchester after playing a one-two with Ruud van Nistelrooy. The Dutchman then doubled United's lead for half-time with a controversial penalty after last man Mauricio Taricco committed a red-card foul on Paul Scholes, arguably outside the area.
The same pair of scorers - Beckham then van Nistelrooy - found the net again in the second half, both from open play, to seal the Reds' biggest win over Tottenham at Old Trafford in the Premier League era. The previous best, 5-1, was achieved by Best, Law, Charlton and their cohorts back in December 1965.