United 3 Southampton 0 | Premier League | Saturday 4 December 2004 | 67,921
Following a lifeless first period, the Reds re-emerged after the break with renewed style and broke the deadlock on 53 minutes when a rejuvenated Paul Scholes nodded home, before Wayne Rooney fired in a second goal moments later.
Amazingly, it took until the 87th minute for the third strike to arrive. Having missed a number of earlier chances, Cristiano Ronaldo finally beat Kasey Keller with a volley, to put the visitors out of their misery and seal a comfortable 3-0 win.
United: Carroll; G Neville, Ferdinand, Silvestre, Heinze; Ronaldo, Keane, Scholes, Giggs; Rooney, Smith (Bellion, 62). Subs not used: Howard, Brown, Miller, Fletcher.