Match Rewind: Which goal feast should we show?

Friday 29 May 2020 11:00

The weekend is approaching, which means it's time to indulge. We're doing just that with our 'Match Rewind' series, by showing an eight-goal feast, in full, on Saturday.

Every other day, we're asking you to choose between four superb United matches, with the winning game to be streamed for free via the homepage and our Official App.
This time, it's a quartet of classics in which eight goals were scored by United and the opposition. Comebacks, controversies, great cameos – it's all here. But which match will you vote for? It's time to decide...
CHELSEA 3 UNITED 5 (1997/98)
Alex Ferguson's league champions were given a tough draw in the third round of the 1997/98 FA Cup, away to Chelsea. United perennially struggled against the Blues throughout the 90s, both home and away, but here they turned on the afterburners to deliver something close to humiliation for the west Londoners.
Beckham, Cole and Sheringham applied some serious hurt at Stamford Bridge in 1998.
Before half-time, Chelsea were 3-0 down on their own patch, thanks to two David Beckham strikes and Andy Cole's expert left-footed finish. A second for Cole soon made it four, and with little over an hour gone, home fans were streaming out of the ground to avert the eyes. Sheringham nodded Beckham's cross home to add to the embarrassment although, to their credit, the home side rallied with three late consolation strikes of their own. But 75 blistering United minutes had left the capital awestruck.
TOTTENHAM 3 UNITED 5 (2001/02)
The greatest Premier League comeback of all time? Quite possibly. The Reds were three in arrears and smarting after just 45 minutes at White Hart Lane, following goals from Dean Richards, Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege.
Whatever Sir Alex Ferguson said at the interval worked, however, with quickfire headers from Cole and Laurent Blanc and a Ruud van Nistelrooy goal sensationally drawing United level. Juan Sebastian Veron then left travelling fans in delirium with a smooth driven finish, before Beckham added a sweet epilogue to one of our most savoured away days. Even Sir Alex was smiling come full-time.
WEST HAM 3 UNITED 5 (2001/02)
Another trip to London, and another comeback. This one wasn't quite as dramatic as 2001/02's earlier trip to White Hart Lane, but the contest was equally pulsating. Goals from Steve Lomas and Frederic Kanoute twice gave the Hammers the advantage, but David Beckham – with a sublime on-the-run chip – and Nicky Butt helped United maintain parity heading into the interval.
Becks drives home our fifth, from the spot, to complete a crunching 5-3 win at Upton Park.
After the break, the Reds stretched ahead like you'd imagine a team seeking a fourth consecutive title would. First Scholes drilled home Solskjaer's low cut-back, and then the Norwegian directed a narrow close-range effort home. Substitute Jermain Defoe narrowed the visitors' lead to one with just over 10 minutes remaining, but Beckham's second of the day – a penalty with two minutes left – sealed a vital three points which restored United's lead at the top of the table.
NEWCASTLE 2 UNITED 6 (2002/03)
The Magpies were in the mix at the top of the Premier League table before this clash, sitting six points behind Arsenal and United in third with a month to play. That was mainly due to their formidable home record: Sir Bobby Robson’s side came into the game having dropped just five league points at St James’ Park all season.  That record was well and truly blown apart, however, as the Reds put in one of the finest away performances under Sir Alex, despite falling behind to Jermaine Jenas’s early rocket. 
Our current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drew us level on 32 minutes, after latching onto Ryan Giggs’s through ball, and that sparked a remarkable spell of six goals in 26 minutes either side of half-time to leave the away fans in dreamland. Paul Scholes’ spectacular hat-trick, Giggs's tap-in and Ruud van Nistelrooy's penalty set up our biggest win on Tyneside for 96 years, with Shola Ameobi’s late strike proving to be the scantest of consolations for the Geordies.
Newcastle were imperious at home in 2002/03 – until Scholesy and co rocked up.
You can select which of the four matches you want to see by voting in our Match Rewind live blog.
The vote closes at 11:00 BST on Saturday (30 May) and we’ll show the winning game in full, and for free, on the Official App and at 19:00 BST later that evening.
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