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On this day: Beckham inspires victory over West Ham

16 Mar 2020

Midfielder scored two goals and was involved in three more as Man Utd won an eight-goal thriller 18 years ago

David Beckham delivered a virtuoso performance on this day in 2002, scoring two goals and playing a key role in Manchester United's other three as the Red Devils triumphed 5-3 at West Ham United.

Man Utd fell behind at the Boleyn Ground to Steve Lomas's header on 16 March, but Beckham produced an exquisite lob to level the scores.

And, when Frederic Kanoute restored West Ham's lead, Beckham's free-kick put the ball on a plate for Nicky Butt to equalise.

Two more crosses from the England captain helped United go 4-2 up. And after Jermain Defoe pulled a goal back for the hosts, Beckham converted a late penalty.

Man Utd's victory took them back above title rivals Liverpool at the top of the table but both clubs ultimately lost out to Arsenal, who lifted the Premier League Trophy.

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