Goal of the Day: Butt slays Leeds

Thursday 21 November 2019 10:14

Date: 29 November 1998, Premier League.
Background: Nearly four months into 1998/99 and United’s season is really getting warmed up. After a thrilling 3-3 draw in the Nou Camp against Barcelona (the second time the Reds had divvied up six goals with the Catalans), something special appears to be brewing in the Champions League, while, in the Premier League, United are on the coat-tails of leaders Aston Villa as Leeds visit Old Trafford…
The goal: With under 15 minutes left, it looks as though Alex Ferguson’s men might drop two crucial home points. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink had opened the scoring for Leeds before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Roy Keane struck either side of half-time to put the Reds ahead. However, Harry Kewell fired the visitors level again on 52 minutes, so Old Trafford was waiting on some trademark late drama. Step forward Nicky Butt. The midfielder expertly rolled a Phil Neville pass out in front of him on the edge of the box and, with the ball just threatening to run beyond his control, produced a terrific strike on the stretch that flew into the roof of the net and won the game.
What happened next: The greatest season in United’s history only got better, culminating in Ferguson’s men claiming the famous Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League Treble.
Reaction: “Nicky was our best player. He could have had a hat-trick. Nigel Martyn made great saves to deny him but he got the winner due to perseverance." Alex Ferguson.