|Manchester United 2 Tottenham 0
Saturday 2nd December 2000
Scorers : Scholes 40, Solskjaer 84.
Ref: G Poll (Tring)
Man Utd: Barthez,
G. Neville, P. Neville, Brown, Silvestre, Beckham, Butt (Giggs 72),
Keane, Scholes, Yorke (Solskjaer 72), Sheringham.
Subs Not Used: Van Der Gouw, Irwin, Greening.
Tottenham: Sullivan, Carr, Campbell, Perry,
Thelwell, Clemence, Anderton, Sherwood, King, Ferdinand, Armstrong (Korsten
Subs Not Used: Walker, Freund, Davies, Vega.
Following Roy Keaneís recent comments about prawn sandwiches at Old
Trafford I was delighted to receive a Corporate Invitation to this game.
I travelled to the game in a thirty foot white limo, with all the
trimmings. We quaffed champagne as we cruised up the M1 and M6 with all
the London based Reds gawking at us as they made their fortnightly
pilgrimage. Our driver deposited us immediately outside the ground so we
did not have to walk too far to our private box in the North Stand.
There was, of course, disappointment on the faces of those watching when
they realised the limo was not full of Coronation Street stars. The box
was situated on the 2nd floor of the stand immediately over
the half way line. On the subject of Corrie, Des Barnes was in the box
next to us ... and I thought he was dead.
very attentive waiter served lunch in the box. We kicked off with
mushroom and red onion mousse served with crisp leaves and a herb pear
dressing. Very tasty and a good start. Next came roast rack of lamb with
a Madeira sauce accompanied by new and roast potatoes and the chefís
selection of vegetables. A good traditional main course but then we were
up North. As kick off approached we still had time for a sweet of
Blackberry and white chocolate charlotte with fruit coulis. An
absolutely delicious finish and all washed down with a couple of bottles
of 1995 Faustino V Reserva Rioja - a snip at £21.95 a bottle. With
lunch consumed not a prawn sandwich was seen. Coffee followed and we
settled down to watch the match. Just in case any of the Reds fans in
front of our box tried to watch replays on our television we tuned in to
the rugby. They donít have a big screen at Old Trafford you know.
game was watched by a record attendance for a Premier League match of
67,583. Big crowd pullers this Spurs side when they play away.
only change to the Spurs side saw Armstrong replace Rebrov, as Perry had
recovered from a knock sustained against Leicester. It was good to see
George standing by Thelwell and King. The game was fairly predictable.
United had plenty of possession and attacked Spurs constantly. With some
resolute defending it looked as if we may hold out to half time but it
was not to be. With five minutes to the break, Scholes was found in
acres of space wide on the left of the Spurs penalty box. He cut inside
to beat Perry and struck a sweet shot across Sullivan in the far side of
the net. The Tottenham highlights this half saw Ferdinand force a save
from Barthez although the shot was off target. Sullivan managed to slip
as he came for a back pass and sliced his clearance for a corner. He
also made a string of fine saves to keep the score down. United had
looked in a different class to Spurs for the first 45 minutes.
half time we caught up with the Rugby score from Twickenham and enjoyed
a cheese board of Cheddar, Double Gloucester and Stilton. Just what was
second half of the match saw more of the same. Spurs did gradually start
to believe they may be able to score and started to play with some
belief. As the half wore on the pressure on the United goal grew.
Barthez was unmoved however and eventually the inevitable happened
again. Spurs were stretched and a quick through ball found Solskjaer
marginally onside. He advanced on goal and slotted the ball under
Sullivan. Two nil, end of story. That was how it finished. United stay 8
points clear at the top. They have not lost at home in the league for
two years. Spurs have still to pick up their first away win of the
after a few drinks in the box to let the traffic clear it was back to
the limo for the journey home. As we left, a couple and their son all
dressed up in United wear and resembling the Addams family actually took
some pictures of the limo even though they had no idea who was in it.
Strange these United fans, but I think that was the point Roy Keane was
TOP MAN : - SOL CAMPBELL (I do hope he got back on the Team Coach)