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Thursday 07 March 2013

On this day: Sheffield Wednesday beat weary Man Utd

In the series on Premier League's history, Sir Alex Ferguson's side are humbled in 1998

  • Peter Atherton celebrates after giving Wednesday a deserved lead

  • Paolo Di Canio celebrates his late goal

  • United's Nicky Butt rises above Atherton to clear as United at Hillsborough

  • Butt tussles with Wednesday's Earl Barrett

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

On this day: 7 March 1998 Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Manchester United

Leaders Manchester United slipped to their sixth defeat of the Barclays Premier League season against Sheffield Wednesday as the exertions of holding Monaco to a 0-0 draw in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg took their toll at Hillsborough.

Raimond van der Gouw, who was making his first league start of the season in United's goal, was soon under pressure from a three-pronged Wednesday attack of Benito Carbone, Andy Booth and Paolo Di Canio. The Dutchman held out until the 26th minute when a corner found the captain Peter Atherton, who headed home from close range.

United emerged from their shells a little in the second half but Ron Atkinson's team continued to be more dangerous against their manager's former side. The victory was only sealed two minutes from time through Di Canio's overhead kick.

The defeat failed to knock United of the top of the table but they were eventually usurped by Arsenal for the title. The victory sent Wednesday up to 12th and helped them to avoid relegation.

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