Goal of the Day: Cole-fired Reds scorch Feyenoord
Goal of the Day today is Andy Cole's 1997 strike against Feyenoord, which saw him end a certain United goalscoring drought in Europe...
Date: 5 November 1997, De Kuip, Champions League
Background: United and Feyenoord had played out a prickly matchday three fixture at Old Trafford, with Alex Ferguson’s side coming out 2-1 winners to top Group B. A harder task was expected in the intimidating bowl of Rotterdam’s De Kuip, scene of our 1991 European Cup Winners Cup triumph, but any fears proved unfounded.
What happened next: United made it five wins from five in the group stage by beating Kosice 3-0 at Old Trafford, but missed out on a perfect group stage by slipping to a 0-1 defeat at Juventus. Sadly, the fine early season work came to naught as injuries struck and the Reds exited at the quarter-final stage on away goals to Monaco. Of course, a year later it would be a different story!
Reaction: “Andy’s pace was a problem for them. He was a real threat – like a dog out of the traps,” said a delighted Ferguson. “His confidence is sky high.”