United's rapid responses
Jesse Lingard's quickfire reply to Manchester United falling behind against Arsenal was certainly not the first time the Reds have responded in such a timely fashion.
The homegrown talent slipped in his first goal of the season for the Reds, only 74 seconds after Marcos Rojo was adjudged to have put through his own net and, amazingly, a mere 13 seconds after the game actually restarted.
A quick look through the Premier League archives has conjured up 10 other instances where this has happened in the division. The last time it secured a positive result was when Ryan Giggs earned a valuable point in the 2002/03 title race with Arsenal.
Colin Hendry, the former Manchester City defender, handed Rovers a 2-1 lead despite the earlier sending off of team-mate Henning Berg, a future Red. However, the hosts’ joy was short lived as Andrei Kanchelskis smashed past Tim Flowers with the first of his double on the night.
26/12/94 – Chelsea (A) 3-2 - Newton 77; McClair 78
Eddie Newton grabbed an equaliser at Stamford Bridge but Alex Ferguson’s men went back in front when Brian McClair pounced, repeating his feat of earlier in the year when netting against the Blues in the FA Cup final to round off our first Double.
8/3/97 – Sunderland (A) 1-2 - Mullin 76; Melville own goal 77
A final match for United at Roker Park, the Wearsiders’ old home, ended in defeat despite the Reds halving the deficit through an Andy Melville own goal. The potential lifeline arrived seconds after John Mullin scored the eventual winner as the Reds were unable to earn a point.
A famous game as the Reds hit hapless Forest for eight at the City Ground but it had looked like Ron Atkinson’s side would make a fight of it after Alan Rogers cancelled out Dwight Yorke’s early opener. Andy Cole instantly restored parity and it was very much one-way traffic after that with substitute Ole Gunnar Solskjaer helping himself to four goals.
10/4/00 – Middlesbrough (A) 4-3 - Ince 87; Fortune 88
A seven-goal thriller at the Riverside featured a strike for former United star Paul Ince, who made it 3-2 to the Reds. The visitors responded by effectively sealing the points as Quinton Fortune was rightly deemed onside to score, despite the protests from the crowd. It proved vital as Juninho netted for Boro at the death.
23/11/02 – Newcastle (H) 5-3 - Shearer 52; van Nistelrooy 53
Another exciting encounter as the Reds overcame the Magpies in an entertaining affair at Old Trafford. Two of the deadliest strikers the Premier League has ever seen both hit the target within the space of minute as Ruud van Nistelrooy replied to Alan Shearer’s free-kick. Van Nistelrooy ended up with a hat-trick.
A titanic battle between the two title rivals as United clinched an excellent point in what turned out to be a successful race for the championship. Thierry Henry swung the pendulum the Gunners’ way at Highbury but Giggs popped up to head in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s cross seconds later to prompt celebrations in front of the away end by Sir Alex after the final whistle.
7/4/07 – Portsmouth (A) 1-2 - Ferdinand own goal 89; O’Shea 90
It was a match to forget at Fratton Park but United refused to give up despite conceding a killer second to Pompey with a minute remaining as Rio Ferdinand’s rare mistake resulted in a pretty comical own goal. John O’Shea quickly made a fight of it but it still proved in vain.
29/9/12 – Tottenham (H) 2-3 - Dempsey 52; Kagawa 53
A remarkable game at Old Trafford contained three goals in the space of as many second-half minutes. Nani struck to reduce the deficit after Spurs led 2-0 at the break, only for Clint Dempsey to swiftly reply when Anders Lindegaard parried a Gareth Bale drive. United refused to lie down, though, with Shinji Kagawa completing the crazy spell straight afterwards.
1/1/14 – Tottenham (H) 1-2 - Eriksen 66; Welbeck 67
Spurs left Old Trafford with all three points but Danny Welbeck retaliated within moments of Christian Eriksen doubling the Londoners’ lead. It was actually the third time we had a rapid response to Tottenham in the division in actual game time as, in the memorable 5-3 comeback in 2001, Cole’s goal at the start of the second half came after Christian Ziege struck in stoppage time of the first period. However, there was, of course, the interval in between.
Lingard's latest inspirational moment proves there is no time to dwell on the body blow of losing a goal - a quick act of retaliation at the other end provides the perfect tonic!
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