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Manchester United 5-1 Everton | Premier League | Saturday 4 December 1999

Having emerged victorious against Palmeiras in the 1999 Intercontinental Cup final, United had a spring in the step for a domestic meeting five days later.

Already assured of a place in the pantheon of great teams following the Treble success in May, the Reds carried an even greater air of invincibility after bringing their latest trophy home to Old Trafford, all the way from Tokyo. However, for the first seven minutes at least, this notion was clearly lost on Everton who bagged an early goal through young forward Franny Jeffers.

Fortunately, this was to prove but a jot on a display that underlined United’s status as world football’s top club. Led by the indomitable presence of Roy Keane, the Reds roared back and were ahead before the half-hour mark.

'Mr Dependable', otherwise known as Denis Irwin, stroked home a 26th-minute penalty before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge. The Norweigan, so often ruthless against the Merseyside team, went on to bag a quadruple of strikes, with the pick of the bunch being a pinpoint header from the aforementioned Irwin’s arrowed cross. The Toffees were well and truly trounced as the champions' march towards retaining the title moved up another gear.

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