David Beckham celebrates scoring against Real Madrid.

Match Rewind: Games with goals galore

'Match Rewind' is back again! And with only one intention in mind: to power every Red through the lockdown with yet more treasure from Manchester United's rich, gold-plated archives.

Since the 2019/20 season was forced into an abrupt and premature halt, we've been asking fans to choose between four classic matches every couple of days, with your winning choice then being streamed in full, and for free, via ManUtd.com and our Official App.
 
Today's options focus on matches that were stuffed with goals. So whatever you choose to vote for, you'll be guaranteed seven, minimum. Now, let's get stuck into the quartet of tasty treats on offer...
 
MIDDLESBROUGH 3 UNITED 4 (1999/00)
 
The Teesside club were on an impressive 17-match unbeaten streak heading into this one, and they forced United into a hell of a scrap at the Riverside. Local lad Andy Campbell gave the hosts the lead in the first half, and Boro were unfortunate not to go 2-0 up when Colombian striker Hamilton Ricard headed home from a corner, only to see his effort ruled out for an infringement on Henning Berg.
United won 4-3 at the Riverside.
Ryan Giggs fights for the ball in a feisty contest in the north east.
But the Reds weren't European champions for nothing. Just 55 seconds after the interval, Ryan Giggs responded to level the scores, and, before the hour mark, Ferguson's side were ahead, courtesy of Andy Cole's close-range finish – slid home after a sublime run-and-pass from David Beckham. Fifteen minutes later, one of Paul Scholes's all-time classic goals – a murderous drive from 25 yards that found the top corner as if fired from a sawn-off shotgun – made the game all but safe. And that just a few weeks after his equally stunning virtuoso volley at Bradford. Middlesbrough rallied with two late consolations from Paul Ince and Juninho, but those efforts merely sandwiched United's fourth, from Quinton Fortune. But this was a blood-and-thunder encounter in front of a boisterous crowd in the north-east. In other words, it's quality viewing.
 
UNITED 4 REAL MADRID 3 (2002/03)
 
If the Middlesbrough game mentioned above is a forgotten classic, this titanic tussle with Real Madrid has to be one of the most famous nights in Old Trafford's long and storied history. United exited the Champions League, but a famous hat-trick from the original, Brazilian Ronaldo – and not our own Portuguese version, who would arrive later that year – plus a humongous, heroic performance from the Reds made sure that almost no one left M16 on this evening without some semblance of joy in their heart.
United trailed 3-1 from the first leg, and when Ronaldo beat Fabien Barthez at his near post in the early stages with a powerful drive, all hope appeared lost. But Ruud van Nistelrooy snagged one back before the break, and when another from Ronaldo restored Madrid's advantage shortly after the interval, United immediately forced a second equaliser via an own goal from Ivan Helguera. Less than 10 minutes later, Ronaldo completed his hat-trick with another fabulous shot, and when he was substituted in the 67th minute, the stadium rose to applaud him as one, saluting one of the greatest individual performances here in living memory. It was 6-3 on aggregate at that point, but still the home side wouldn't relent.

Substitute David Beckham – in his final European game for the club – scored two beautiful solo efforts to put us ahead on the night and just two tantalising goals away from an implausible turnaround. It didn't materialise, despite frantic late pressure that saw Madrid clinging on, but both sides had contributed to one of the great games in Champions League – and indeed European Cup – history.
 
UNITED 7 ROMA 1 (2006/07)
 
The Reds were 2-1 behind heading into the second leg of this Champions League quarter-final in 2007, and would start the return game without Paul Scholes (sent off in the first leg) and three of our first-choice back four (Gary Neville, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra). Problems? What problems? United simply blew away our Roman opponents in a first-half performance that nearly lifted Old Trafford up into the skies on a wave of pure delirium.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.
Rooney and Ronaldo celebrate after tearing Roma to ribbons.
Michael Carrick curled in the opener, Alan Smith completed a blissful team move to make it two, and Rooney tapped home a third to send the home crowd barmy after another devastating counter-attack. Ronaldo then grabbed a brace, before Carrick smashed in our sixth, and his second, just for good measure. Roma replied with arguably the best individual goal of the evening via Daniele De Rossi, but Patrice Evra ensured we finished on a high, with a low shot to round off an amazing night. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently remembered:
“We lost 2-1 away from home and the manager was so happy. He said, 'We'll be all right, we'll win at home'. He was so confident in our abilities.”
When you know Rooney, Ronaldo and Giggs et al can play like they did here, that makes complete sense.
 
UNITED 4 NEWCASTLE 3 (2012/13)
 
Ferguson's 2013 vintage had proven themselves endlessly adept at coming from behind in the opening months of his final campaign as United manager, and our record 20th title would be built on an insatiable desire to gain maximum points in as many games as possible. Arguably the most dramatic of the eight we won from losing positions before the turn of the year was this Boxing Day encounter with Newcastle.
 
The relentless rain made it all the more dramatic, admittedly. Three times the Reds were behind, as James Perch, a Jonny Evans own goal and Papiss Cisse gave the Magpies a 3-2 lead with little over 20 minutes to go. But United's stars of the season wouldn't be denied. First, goal-machine Robin van Persie fired home to level the match at 3-3 and then, in the dying moments, the unsung hero of the campaign, Carrick, floated an inviting ball into the box for Javier Hernandez to slot past Tim Krul. A riotously entertaining game, it put the Reds seven points clear at the top and made it clear to every other club in the league: Ferguson's men wouldn't be denied a reunion with the Premier League title.
Javier Hernandez beats Tim Krul.
Javier Hernandez slides to put United ahead, seconds before the end of an epic game.
HOW TO VOTE
 
You can select which of the four matches that you'd like to see by voting in our Match Rewind live blog.
 
The vote closes at 16:00 BST on Thursday and we’ll show the winning game in full, and for free, on the Official App and ManUtd.com at 19:00 BST, later that evening.
 
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