Tuesday 17 December 2013
Stan Collymore and Stuart Pearce were on target as Nottingham Forest ended Manchester United’s 100% home record in the Barclays Premier League.
Reigning champions Man Utd had won all nine of their home League matches up to this stage, but they were stunned as Forest captured the three points to end also United’s unbeaten nine-game Premier League run.
Collymore put Forest ahead in the 35th minute with his eighth goal of the season. Thevisiting side doubled their lead in the 62nd minute when England left-back Stuart Pearce notched his fifth goal of the campaign.
Eric Cantona set up a grandstand finish when he pulled one back in the 68th minute with his ninth goal of the season. United manager Alex Ferguson tried to change things by replacing Ryan Giggs with Nicky Butt in the 74th minute – but the Red Devils failed to find the equaliser and Forest held out to record their fifth away win of the season.
It was the visitors’ second consecutive win following a run of six matches without a victory.
At the end of the season, Man Utd just failed to retain their title as they finished a point behind new champions Blackburn Rovers in second. Forest finished third, 11 points behind Ferguson’s side, in their best Barclays Premier League campaign.