Goal of the Day: Yorke's Chelsea chip

Sunday 03 November 2019 10:00

Sunday's 'Goal of the Day' comes courtesy of birthday-boy Dwight Yorke, who actually scored twice in our FA Cup quarter-final replay win over Chelsea in 1999.

Background: United were aiming to dump Chelsea out of the FA Cup for the fourth time in six seasons as the two sides met at Stamford Bridge, following a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. The Reds took an early lead through a Yorke volley, after latching onto Andy Cole’s deft flick on. In the second half the duo combined once again as Yorke netted a sublime second...
The goal: Henning Berg pinged a pass forward in search of Yorke but Roberto Di Matteo’s interception diverted the ball to Cole, who put in a crunching tackle on Marcel Desailly to prod the ball into space in front of his strike partner. Without hesitating from the edge of the area, the Trinidad and Tobago international clipped an exquisite first-time chip with the outside of his foot over the helpless Ed de Goey.
What happened next: The match ended 2-0 with United advancing to the semi-finals, where Arsenal were eventually overcome in another replay, an unforgettable encounter at Villa Park. The Reds then beat Newcastle in the final at Wembley to secure the second part of the famous Treble.

Reaction: “Yorke was absolutely magnificent,” purred Alex Ferguson, of his then-club record signing. “He has answered every question you could put to a footballer. He's the outstanding player of the season for me, regardless of who he plays for.” Though he ended the campaign on 29 goals and won the Treble, Yorke was overlooked for the actual PFA Player of the Year award, which was collected by Tottenham Hotspur’s David Ginola.