Sunday 29 September 2013

On this day in 2001: United fightback stuns Spurs

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Man Utd winning from 3-0 down at White Hart Lane

  • Richards opened the scoring for Spurs at White Hart Lane

  • It was a goal on his debut for Richards after signing from Southampton

  • Van Nistelrooy made it 3-3 for United as they came out rampant for the second half

  • Beckham sealed the win for United with a thunderous strike

  • Beckham celebrates the goal that made it 5-3 for United

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 29 - September 2001 Spurs 3-5 Man Utd

Manchester United recovered from being 3-0 down at half-time to beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-3 at White Hart Lane in one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the Barclays Premier League.

Dean Richards, making his debut after signing from Southampton, opened the scoring for Spurs before Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege extended the lead.

But after the interval the champions were a transformed side and goals from Andy Cole, Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Juan Sebastian Veron and David Beckham completed a remarkable turnaround.

"What went wrong?" Glenn Hoddle, the Spurs manager, was asked.

"Half-time." he replied. “A great game? I can't take much comfort from that because I've got to look at my own team and we're in the business of trying to win football matches.”

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com 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 Man Utd beat Spurs 5-3 after trailing 3-0 at half-time