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Tuesday 11 February 2014

On this day in 2004: Juninho at the double for Boro

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Middlesbrough's shock win against Man Utd

  • Brazilian playmaker Juninho inspired Middlesbrough to a 3-2 win over Man Utd

  • The diminutive midfielder headed in twice to give the visitors a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford

  • Ruud van Nistelrooy scored his 18th league goal of the season to make it 2-1 before half-time

  • Ryan Giggs levelled proceedings with a close-range strike just after the hour

  • But Joseph Desire Job (right) scored the winner for Middlesbrough late on rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

11 February 2004: Manchester United 2-3 Middlesbrough

Juninho scored twice in the first half as Middlesbrough won against Manchester United at Old Trafford for the third time in six seasons.

The Brazilian playmaker gave the visitors a 2-0 lead and although United hit back to level the match, Joseph Desire-Job grabbed an 80th-minute winner.

Juninho struck first in the 34th minute when he headed in from close range after Franck Quedrue’s shot had rebounded off the underside of the bar. The Brazilian doubled the lead four minutes later with another header, this time from a cross by Gaizka Mendieta following a short corner. It was his seventh Barclays Premier League goal of the season.

United hit back on the stroke of half-time when Ruud van Nistelrooy scored his 18th league goal of the campaign after Louis Saha had chested down a Ryan Giggs centre. Van Nistelrooy turned provider in the 63rd minute as he set up Giggs to equalise from close range.

But Boro were not to be denied and Job restored the lead with a shot into the far corner after a pass from Doriva. Diego Forlan missed a great chance to level again for United deep into stoppage time.

It was United’s fifth defeat of the season and left them five points behind unbeaten league leaders Arsenal. At the end of the season, Sir Alex Ferguson's side finished third with unbeaten Arsenal taking the title and Chelsea finishing second while Boro came 11th.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Juninho scored twice as Middlesbrough beat Man Utd 3-2 at Old Trafford