With Marathonbet championing the extraordinary this season we’ve decided to highlight our five most memorable Man Utd moments in the last 20 years. It took a morning of office arguments, but here is Marathonbet’s Five Extraordinary Man Utd Moments.
Champions League and treble triumph in injury time
Man Utd 2 (Sheringham 91st, Solskjaer 93rd) 1 Bayern Munich (Basler 6th) Champions League Final – 1998/99 Nou Camp
No list would be complete without Man Utd’s single greatest moment, so we start with Sir Alex Ferguson’s finest victory.
German powerhouse Bayern Munich led 1-0 at the Nou Camp heading into injury time after outgunning and outplaying the Red Devils in just about every facet of the match. Fergie’s treble dreams lay in tatters as the fourth official indicated three added minutes.
But the Scot’s two substitutes were to have something to say about it. Teddy Sheringham cancelled out Mario Basler’s first-half free kick after slotting in David Beckham’s corner a minute into injury time. The drama didn’t stop there with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer breaking German hearts and etching his name in United folklore forever.
The Norwegian striker struck the 93th minute winner after tapping in another Beckham corner, sending the Man Utd supporters, staff and players into raptures – with celebrations going on long into the night.
Rooney’s bicycle kick sees off City
Man Utd 2 (Nani 41st, Rooney 78th) 1 Man City (Silva 65th) Premier League – 2010/11 Old Trafford
The next moment comes down to a few seconds of pure individual brilliance when the Red Devils needed it most. Ask any Man Utd fan about their favourite goal and you’ll be tasked to find an answer which isn’t – ‘that bicycle kick against City’.
Heading into the Premier League match noisy neighbours City had won the FA Cup the season before, sat in third place behind Arsenal in second and United in first – with Mancini’s side slowly becoming a force in world football.
Portuguese winger Nani put the home side ahead in the first half only for David Silva’s deflected shot to draw City level with an hour played. The game looked to be heading for a draw, keeping the blue side of Manchester’s title hopes alive.
Wayne Rooney had other ideas, adjusting his body to smash home Nani’s deflected cross past a flailing Joe Hart with an emphatic acrobatic kick. A goal worthy of winning any game, particularly against their biggest rivals.
Man Utd hammer eight past Arsenal
Man Utd 8 (Welbeck 22nd, Young 28th, 91st, Rooney 41st,64th, 82nd, Nani 67th, Park 70th) 2 Arsenal (Walcott 48th, Van Persie 74th) Premier League – 2011/12 Old Trafford
Every supporter dreams of handing their rivals a thrashing – Sunday, August 28th 2011 was that day for Man Utd supporters as they hammered EIGHT past league challengers Arsenal.
A day that will live long in the memory for United fans and one that will haunt Arsenal’s history books for years to come.
Arsene Wenger sent out a depleted side due to injuries and suspensions. Man Utd’s city rivals had put five past Tottenham in the early kick off, meaning the pressure was on Fergie’s men that day.
They responded in resounding fashion heading into the changing rooms at half time 3-0 thanks to a Danny Welbeck header, Ashley Young’s sumptuous curling effort and Rooney’s 20-yard free-kick.
When the Old Trafford faithful thought their Sunday couldn’t get any better the home side put another five past Wojciech Szczesny in the second half, through efforts from Ji-Sung Park, Nani, Young’s second and to top it off Rooney picked up another two goals to claim his hat-trick.
The Red Devils will have to go some way if they’re to top that result against the Gunners.
Terry’s tears as Man Utd become champions of Europe
Man Utd 1 (Ronaldo 26th) 1 Chelsea (Lampard 45th) Champions League Final – 2007/08 Moscow
The 2008 Champions League final, an all English affair between Chelsea and Man Utd to decide who became the kings of Europe, ended in the most dramatic and cruel way possible – the dreaded penalty shootout. Luckily for Fergie’s Red Devils it ended in joyous pandemonium.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s towering header gave Man Utd a 26th minute lead in Moscow only for Frank Lampard to equalise seconds before the half time whistle. The game stayed this way and headed into extra time with both sides going close through efforts from Ryan Giggs and Lampard, but neither side could grab the vital second goal.
Penalties beckoned. The impressive Ronaldo saw his attempt saved by Petr Cech, leaving captain John Terry with the chance to further endure himself to Chelsea fans and claim European glory for the first time in the club’s history with the winning spot kick. The then English captain slipped and hit his shot against the outside of the right post.
Nicolas Anelka went onto spurn his chance with Giggs striking United’s decisive penalty to hand his team a 6-5 victory on penalties and a third Champions League trophy – leaving Terry in a flood of tears on the Moscow turf.
United come back from 3-0 at White Hart Lane
Tottenham 3 (Richards 15th, Ferdinand 25th, Ziege 45th) 5 Man Utd (Cole 46th, Blanc 58th, van Nistelrooy 72nd, Veron 76th, Beckham 87th) Premier League – 2001/02 White Hart Lane
No list is complete without a trademark Man Utd comeback and White Hart Lane has seen arguably Ferguson’s greatest league comeback of his tenure at the club.
3-0 down at half time after goals from Dean Richards, making his Spurs debut, Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege. The away side didn’t know what had hit them as they walked off the North London pitch at the halfway point, but one thing they were sure of was the ‘hairdryer treatment’ was coming their way.
The next 45 minutes couldn’t have been more different as United swept aside Glenn Hoddle’s men. Andy Cole got Fergie’s side off to a perfect start scoring a minute into the second period. Goals followed from Lauren Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Juan Sebastian Veron and David Beckham followed as Man Utd ran rampant.
If one thing was to be learnt from Spurs’ hastening experience that day, it was that you should never write-off Man Utd.