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2. Sunderland  (2) 2 Man United   (1) 2 FT
3. Match min by min  Points shared in festive classic ««
4. Guardian  Sunderland 2 - 2 Man Utd
5. Points shared in festive classic ««
6. Irwin in line for Testimonial ««



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1999/2000 UEFA Champions League Second Group-Match Stage - Group B 
Group B           P W D L  F A  Pts 
Fiorentina AC     2 1 1 0  2 0  4 
Manchester United 2 1 0 1  3 2  3 
Valencia CF       2 1 0 1  3 3  3 
Bordeaux          2 0 1 1  0 3  1 

Second stage Euro Draw  GROUP B
Manchester United Valencia Bordeaux Fiorentina
Tues Nov 23 Fiorentina v Manchester United  2-0 
            Valencia v Girondins Bordeaux   3-0
Wed Dec 8   Girondins Bordeaux v Fiorentina 0-0
            Manchester United v Valencia    3-0

Wed Mar 1 
Group B: Manchester United v Girondins Bordeaux 
Group B: Fiorentina v Valencia 
Tues Mar 7  
Group B: Girondins Bordeaux v Manchester United 
Group B: Valencia v Fiorentina 
Wed Mar 15 
Group B: Manchester United v Fiorentina 
Group B: Girondins Bordeaux v Valencia 
Tuesday, March 21 
Group B: Fiorentina v Girondins Bordeaux 
Group B: Valencia v Manchester United 

FINAL Group D          P W D L  F A  PTS
Manchester United FC   6 4 1 1  9  4  13 
Olympique de Marseille 6 3 1 2 10  8  10 
SK Sturm Graz          6 2 0 4  5 12   6 
NK Croatia Zagreb      6 1 2 3  7  7   5 


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             Arsenal   2-0   Leeds United          38,096
       Bradford City   0-0   Everton               18,276
      Leicester City   1-2   Newcastle United      21,225
           Liverpool   3-1   Wimbledon             44,107
          Sunderland   2-2   Manchester United     42,026
             Watford   3-2   Southampton           18,459
     West Ham United   1-1   Derby County          24,998

*** FULL LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 28/12/99 ***

Pos Team                  P  W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Leeds United         20  8  1  1  16   7   6  1  3  18  15   12   44
 2  Manchester United    19  8  2  0  33   7   5  2  2  17  18   25   43
 3  Arsenal              20  8  2  1  23   8   4  1  4  13  12   16   39
 4  Sunderland           20  7  3  1  18   8   4  2  3  17  16   11   38
 5  Liverpool            20  8  0  3  20   8   3  4  2  11   9   14   37
 6  Tottenham Hotspur    18  6  1  2  21  12   3  2  4   9  10    8   30
 7  Leicester City       20  6  2  3  17  13   3  0  6  11  15    0   29
 8  Everton              20  4  5  0  21   8   3  2  6  12  20    5   28
 9  Chelsea              17  5  1  2  14   5   3  2  4   9  13    5   27
10  West Ham United      19  6  2  1  15  11   1  4  5   7  10    1   27
11  Middlesbrough        19  5  2  3  11  10   3  1  5  12  16   -3   27
12  Aston Villa          19  4  3  2  10   6   3  1  6   8  14   -2   25
13  Coventry City        19  6  0  4  20  12   0  6  3   6  10    4   24
14  Newcastle United     20  4  3  2  21  11   2  2  7  11  24   -3   23
15  Wimbledon            20  3  5  2  19  13   1  5  4  12  22   -4   22
16  Southampton          19  2  3  4  11  13   2  2  6  12  19   -9   17
17  Bradford City        19  2  5  2   9  12   2  0  8   6  17  -14   17
18  Derby County         20  2  0  8   7  18   2  4  4  10  14  -15   16
19  Watford              20  3  1  6  13  18   1  1  8   4  24  -25   14
20  Sheffield Wednesday  18  2  2  4  10  11   0  1  9   6  31  -26    9


HIGHEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 25/09/99 - Southampton (55,249)
LOWEST HOME ATTENDANCE:  11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (54,941)
BEST WIN:     11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (4-0)
              30/08/99 - Newcastle United (5-1)
              04/12/99 - Everton (5-1)
              26/12/99 - Bradford City (4-0)
HEAVIEST DEFEAT:  03/10/99 - Chelsea (0-5)
BEST HOME WIN:    11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (4-0)
                  30/08/99 - Newcastle United (5-1)
                  04/12/99 - Everton (5-1)
                  26/12/99 - Bradford City (4-0)
BEST AWAY WIN:         18/12/99 - West Ham United (4-2)
HEAVIEST AWAY DEFEAT:  03/10/99 - Chelsea (0-5)

06-JAN-2000 [21:15] Manchester Utd. vs Necaxa  (World Club Championship, AWAY)
08-JAN-2000 [21:15] Manchester Utd. vs Vasco de Gama  (World Club Championship, AWAY)
11-JAN-2000 [20:15] Manchester Utd. vs South Melbourne  (World Club Championship, AWAY)


UNITED Stats v All teams:
ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix992000.htm
First Team Fixtures 1999/2000
All dates/times subject to change
Dates of possible cup ties also shown

Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/07/99    Melbourne Australia   pre-season  W  2-0     -    60,000
18/07/99    Sydney    Australia   pre-season  W  1-0     -    78,000
21/07/99    Shanghai  Shenhua     pre-season  W  2-0     -    80,000
24/07/99    Hong Kong South China pre-season  W  2-0     -    40,000

 1/08/99    Arsenal   Wembley Charity Shield  L  1-2     -    70,185
 3/08/99    Omagh Town Omagh Bomb Fund        W  9-0     -     7,000
 4/08/99    Wigan Athletic friendly           W  2-0     -    15,000 
08/08/99    Everton                  Away PL  D  1-1    10    39,141
11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      Home PL  W  4-0     3    54,941
14/08/99    Leeds United             Home PL  W  2-0     1    55,187
22/08/99    Arsenal                  Away PL  W  2-1     1    38,147
25/08/99    Coventry City            Away PL  W  2-1     1    22,024 
27/08/99    Monaco - Lazio               ESC  L  0-1     -    15,223
30/08/99    Newcastle United         Home     W  5-1     1    55,190
11/09/99    Liverpool                Away     W  3-2     1    44,929
14/09/99    Croatia Zagreb           Home EC  D  0-0     -    53,250
18/09/99    Wimbledon                Home     D  1-1     1    55,189
22/09/99    Sturm Graz               Away EC  W  3-0     -    16,480
25/09/99    Southampton              Home     D  3-3     1    55,249
29/09/99    Marseille                Home EC  W  2-1     -    54,276
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  Away PL  L  0-5     2    34,909
11/10/99    Sir Alex Testimonial     Home F   L  2-4  LEGENDS 54,842      
13/10/99    Aston Villa              Away WC3 L  0-3     -    33,815
16/10/99    Watford                  Home PL  W  4-1     2    55,188
19/10/99    Marseille                Away EC  L  0-1     -    57,745 
23/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     L  1-3     3    36,072
27/10/99    Croatia Zagreb           Away EC  W  2-1     -    30,000
30/10/99    Aston Villa              Home PL  W  3-0     2    55,211
 2/11/99    Sturm Graz               Home EC  W  2-1     -    53,745 
 6/11/99    Leicester City           Home PL  W  2-0     1    55,191
20/11/99    Derby County             Away     W  2-1     1    33,370
23/11/99    AC Fiorentina            Away EC  L  0-2     -    40,000
30/11/99    Tokyo  Palmeiras         N   WCC  W  1-0     -    53,372
 4/12/99    Everton                  Home PL  W  5-1     2    55,193
 8/12/99    Valencia CF              Home EC  W  3-0     -    54,606 
18/12/99    West Ham United          Away     W  4-2     1    26,037
26/12/99    Bradford City            Home PL  W  4-0     2    55,188
28/12/99    Sunderland               Away PL  D  2-2     2    42,026

  pp 27/11/1999  Sheffield Wednesday    Away PL ?  *No new date yet
  pp  3/01/2000  Middlesborough         Home PL ?  *No new date yet
  pp 15/01/2000  Leeds                  Away PL ?  *No new date yet

 JAN 05-14  Brazil WTC [3-4 games]
06/01/2000  Necaxa (Mexico)          Neut WTC  16.00
08/01/2000  Vasco da Gama (Brazil)   Away WTC  16.00
11/01/2000  South Melbourne (Australia) N WTC  16.00
Final? 14/01/2000
24/01/2000  Arsenal                  Home PL   20.00  "live on sky"
 5/02/2000  Coventry City            Home PL   15.00
12/02/2000  Newcastle United         Away PL   15.00
26/02/2000  Wimbledon                Away PL   15.00
 1/03/2000  FC Girondins de Bordeaux Home EC   19.45 
 4/03/2000  Liverpool                Home PL   11.30  "live on sky"
 7/03/2000  FC Girondins de Bordeaux Away EC   19.45 
11/03/2000  Derby County             Home PL   15.00
15/03/2000  AC Fiorentina            Home EC   19.45
18/03/2000  Leicester City           Away PL   15.00
21/03/2000  Valencia CF              Away EC   19.45 
25/03/2000  Bradford City            Away PL   15.00
 1/04/2000  West Ham United          Home PL   15.00
 5/04/2000  ?   EC qf i
 8/04/2000  Middlesborough           Away PL   15.00
15/04/2000  Sunderland               Home PL   15.00
19/04/2000  ?   EC qf ii
22/04/2000  Southampton              Away PL   15.00
24/04/2000  Chelsea                  Home PL   15.00
29/04/2000  West Ham United          Away PL   15.00
 3/05/2000  ?   EC sf i
 6/05/2000  Tottenham Hotspur        Home PL   15.00
10/05/2000  ?   EC sf ii
14/05/2000  Aston Villa              Away PL   15.00
24/05/2000  ?   EC Final



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BUTT GRABS LATE GOAL FOR SHARE OF POINTS Sunderland 2-2 Man Utd Ben Reynolds reports Nicky Butt proved the late hero for Manchester United as his 85th minute equaliser earned his side an unlikely share of the points at the Stadium of Light. It all looked very improbable for United after they fell behind to a lightening start by Sunderland, Niall Quinn proving that he did not need his strike partner Kevin Phillips to profit in front of goal as he scored one and set up another for Sunderland. Sunderland were a side transformed from the one destroyed at Goodison Park on Sunday, and with Tony Blair, a Newcastle fan, in attendance, they took inspiration from a Geordie infiltrator in their mightily impressive fortess. Within two minutes Peter Reid’s men were in front. Michael Gray crossed to the edge of the United box for Niall Quinn to flick on and Gavin McCann, ghosting in between the United centre-backs, chested the ball down and volleyed past ‘keeper Mark Bosnich for his fifth goal of the season. Ten minutes later Quinn doubled the home side’s lead as he stuck his toe out innocuously to a Stefan Schwarz cross and looped the ball over Bosnich who was helpless to stop it sneaking under the bar. Naturally Sunderland dropped the pace but still United struggled to find a rhythm, becoming increasingly frustrated with their opponents plan to close down every avenue. The pressure was building though and Keane managed United’s first effort on target on 24 minutes when he thundered a shot into keeper Thomas Sorenson’s chest. When it did come Keane’s goal was one of beautiful simplicity, and finished with style. David Beckham flicked the ball onto Andy Cole who released Keane into the box. His low shot across keeper’s body found the bottom left of the net and the Republic of Ireland captain had his tenth goal in what is proving to be a prolific season. United pressed for an equaliser before half time and in a frenetic end to the half McCann blocked a Keane header on the line, Sorensen tipped a Cole header over the bar and a Jaap Stam shot was almost deflected into the home goal by a Sunderland defender. The first half was one dominated by United, punctuated by brief counter-attacks that were accompanied by the roar of record crowd inside the Stadium of Light, many of whom were aware that two was unlikely to be enough against the threat of United. Meanwhile Peter Reid paced his little box like a nervous boy waiting for his new love to call. However for all their possession it took United 20 minutes to get their first shot on target in the second half, Andy Cole forcing a fine one-handed save from Sorenson. Alex Ferguson’s men continued to probe, mainly through Ryan Giggs down the left but to little effect. Until Butt pounced on Sunderland’s failure to clear a hopeful lob into the box and struck home the equaliser. In the final minute Ryan Giggs was lucky not to be sent off as he twice lashed out at Stefan Schwarz, but the United winger escaped with a yellow. So United failed to enter the next millennium on top of the pile, and Sunderland will be able to banish their defeat to Everton to the annals of the last. Sunderland: Sorensen, Makin, Butler, Bould, Gray, Summerbee, Rae (Williams 61), McCann, Schwarz, Kilbane (Reddy 89), Quinn. Subs Not Used: Oster, Roy, Marriott. Booked: Rae, Makin, Schwarz. Goals: McCann 2, Quinn 13. Man Utd: Bosnich, G. Neville, Stam, Silvestre, Irwin (Sheringham 77), Beckham (Solskjaer 84), Butt, Keane, Giggs, Yorke, Cole (P. Neville 87). Subs Not Used: Berg, Van Der Gouw. Booked: Stam, Giggs. Goals: Keane 27, Butt 86. Att: 42,026 Ref: J Winter (Stockton-on-Tees).
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Sunderland (2) 2 Man United (1) 2 FT McCann 2 Keane 27 Quinn 13 Butt 86 Manchester United bid a temporary farewell to the FA Carling Premiership with a battling draw at Sunderland tonight after bouncing back from a nightmare start. United had hoped to leave for the World Club Championship in Brazil on Sunday sitting proudly at the top of the table, but they have to settle for second after a late strike from midfielder Nicky Butt gave them a point on a bitterly cold night in the north-east. Click image for full size The men from Old Trafford will not play another league game until they entertain Arsenal on January 24, but they will surely not have to fight as hard anywhere this season as they did on Wearside. Sunderland raced into a 2-0 lead within 13 minutes as Gavin McCann and Niall Quinn made the most of an unsteady start by the United defence, but Roy Keane threw the game back into the melting pot with a 27th minute drive. The home side will count themselves a little unfortunate not to have clung on to all three points as they matched the visitors for long periods, but the quality of the treble winners finally told. David Beckham returned from a hamstring injury to replace Paul Scholes, while strike duo Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke, who both scored after coming on as substitutes against Bradford, were also back in harness. Denis Irwin took over from Phil Neville and there was also a place in the starting line-up for Ryan Giggs. But Sunderland were no so fortunate as the hamstring injury which kept 19-goal striker Kevin Phillips out of the 5-0 defeat at Everton sidelined him once again, while Alex Rae replaced Frenchman Eric Roy in central midfield. The Wearsiders have proved since their return to the top flight that they are no respecters of reputations and they got off to a superb start as they took the lead with just 72 seconds gone. Michael Gray's long free-kick was flicked on by Quinn and McCann got between central defenders Jaap Stam and Mikael Silvestre to chest the ball down and dispatch it past the stranded Mark Bosnich with the outside of his right foot. Sunderland made light of Phillips' absence as they put United's shaky rearguard under intense pressure, and Quinn again made life difficult when he nodded down a seventh-minute Kevin Kilbane cross for Paul Butler, who hammered his half-volley high over the bar. But the home supporters were in dreamland on 13 minutes when the big Irishman powered his way in front of Silvestre to meet Stefan Schwarz's near post cross and flick the ball over Bosnich. The visitors were struggling to cope with Sunderland's five-man midfield, but as Keane and Nicky Butt finally managed to establish a way through, the tide began to turn. Keane warmed Thomas Sorensen's hands with a 25-yard thunderbolt on 24 minutes, and that proved the prelude to their best move of the half three minutes later. Stam played the ball wide down the left to Beckham and when he cleverly turned it into the path of Dwight Yorke, he fed Keane to fire across Sorensen and into the far corner. Yorke shot across the face of goal from a tight angle 10 minutes from the break as United pushed for an equaliser, and the home side needed all their famed resilience to ensure they preserved their lead as the whistle approached. McCann kept out Keane's near post header from a Beckham corner and Sorensen did well to turn a looping Cole header over on the stroke of half-time. The two sides sparred as the second-half got underway with defences on top and chances in short supply. Click image for full size Indeed, it was not until the 57th minute that either keeper was called into action as Bosnich had to charge from his line to deny Quinn after the striker had beaten the offside trap to chase Nicky Summerbee's cross-field ball. Silvestre, who was having something of a mixed night, twice played the ball straight at McCann deep inside his own half but escaped on both occasions, and Stam was guilty of a similar crime as he gifted possession to Michael Gray and was rescued by Gary Neville. Cole thought he was in on goal on 62 minutes after Keane and Giggs linked well, but Chris Makin was able to shepherd the ball back to Sorensen. The Dane pulled off a fine save five minutes later when Cole ran on to Yorke's pass and shot across him, and although Sorensen could not hold it, Giggs was unable to recycle the loose ball to any great effect. Ferguson gambled by replacing Irwin with Teddy Sheringham on 77 minutes, but it was Giggs who went on a mazy run four minutes later only to fire high over from 20 yards. However, the visitors drew level with just four minutes remaining when Butt sent a bobbling shot from the edge of the area past Sorensen to set up a grandstand, but ultimately inconclusive, finish. Sunderland: Sorensen, Makin, Butler, Bould, Gray, Summerbee, Rae (Williams, 61), McCann, Schwarz, Kilbane (Reddy, 89), Quinn. Subs not used: Oster, Roy, Marriott. Booked: Rae, Makin, Schwarz. Man United: Bosnich, G. Neville, Stam, Silvestre, Irwin (Sheringham, 77), Beckham (Solskjaer, 84), Butt, Keane, Giggs, Yorke, Cole (P. Neville, 87). Subs not used: Berg, Van Der Gouw. Booked: Stam, Giggs. Attendance: 42,026.
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Match min by min Points shared in festive classic «« A late equaliser from Nicky Butt earned Manchester United a dramatic 2 - 2 draw at Sunderland, after being two down inside quarter of an hour. SUNDERLAND v MAN U MIN-BY-MIN Final score: Sunderland 2 Manchester United 2 90mins: Winter blows the final whistle to end a thrilling match with honours even. 90mins: Giggs is booked by Jeff Winter for lashing out at Schwarz, while the Swede is also yellow-carded for tugging the Welshman's shirt. 90mins: Sunderland bring off Kilbane and replace him with Michael Reddy. 90mins: There are three minutes of stoppage time to be played, but both teams look pretty tired now. 88mins: United take off Cole and bring on Philip Neville. 86mins: GOAL BUTT - United equalise with the goal stemming from a controversial free-kick for a foul on Solskjaer. Gary Neville takes from just inside his own half, and the ball lands on the edge of the area. Sunderland half-clear but Butt manages to poke a shot from the edge of the box past Sorensen into the corner of the net. 85mins: Kilbane puts the ball out for a corner, but from it Solskjaer's half-hit shot from the edge of the box is easy for Sorensen. 83mins: The visitors bring on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to replace the ineffective Beckham. 82mins: Summerbee crosses towards Quinn, but Bosnich catches the ball easily. 82mins: Sheringham plays the ball over the top for Cole, but the superb Bould heads the ball back to Sorensen. 80mins: Giggs fashions a shooting chance on the edge of the Sunderland box. But the ball is on his weaker right foot and goes high and wide. 78mins: Cole tries to put Giggs away down the left but the ball goes straight out of play for a Sunderland throw. 77mins: United bring on Teddy Sheringham to replace Irwin. 74mins: Giggs beats Makin on the left but just loses control as he drives into the Sunderland box. 73mins: Butt tries to play the ball through for Yorke but Sorensen is first to the ball. 72mins: Makin does superbly to dispossess the raiding Giggs on the United left. 71mins: Butt charges down a Sunderland clearance and the ball goes towards Cole 20 yards out. But he's caught just offside. 70mins: Gray tries to get in a cross after good Sunderland build-up play on the left flank. But he can't quite get his foot round the ball and it goes out for a goal-kick. 68mins: Giggs takes on the Sunderland defence down his left and wins a corner off Makin. Sorensen punches clear from Beckham's kick. 66mins: Makin is booked for time wasting over a throw-in on the Sunderland right. 65mins: Yorke plays Cole through into the Sunderland box and his low shot is pushed away by Sorensen. Giggs pulls the ball back but Bould clears from the waiting Yorke in the six-yard box. 64mins: Manchester win a free-kick on halfway for a foul on Yorke, but the set-piece is disappointing and goes out for a Sunderland throw. 64mins: Stam almost hands possession to Kilbane inside his own area, but the big Dutchman shows good composure to turn away from trouble. 62mins: Giggs threads the ball through the middle into the run of Cole, but Makin is there to avert the danger, and Sorensen collects. 60mins: Sunderland make the game's first subsitution, bringing on Darren Williams to replace Rae. 58mins: McCann dispossesses Silvestre just inside his own half, but United get back in numbers quickly to cover. Eventually Rae crosses high into the box, but Bosnich catches comfortably. 56mins: Sunderland play the ball forward route one and the offside flag stays down. Bosnich misjudges the ball slightly and has to hurry his clearance with Quinn bearing down on him. 55mins: Schwarz does well to intercept a Butt pass and puts Kilbane away. He finds McCann but the move loses momentum. 53mins: Sunderland dink the ball over the advancing United defence for Summerbee to chase, but Bosnich is out of his goal quickly to collect the ball. 51mins: Beckham, hardly a factor in the game at all so far, breaks out of defence, but his pass forward is woeful and goes straight through to Sorensen. 49mins: Rae goes into the referee's notebook for bringing down Butt 40 yards from the Sunderland goal. 48mins: Silvestre goes down in pain after a crunching tackle on halfway by Stefan Schwarz. 47mins: Yet again Quinn wins a high ball and directs the ball to Kilbane 30 yards out. He moves the ball forward and gets it onto his left foot for a shot, but Stam half-blocks and the ball goes through to Bosnich. 46mins: Sunderland play the high ball forward for Quinn, but he's caught offside. 46mins: The visitors begin the second half as they try to get back on level terms. 45mins: Referee Winter blows his whistle to end an excellent first half. 45mins: Again the visitors go close from a Beckham corner. Stam wins the ball in the six-yard box and Rae almost puts the ball into his own net. 45mins: United go close in first-half stoppage time. Beckham's free-kick into the box is half-cleared to Irwin. He loops the ball back into the box and Cole's hopeful header is tipped over by Sorensen. 44mins: Summerbee and Makin link on the right to put in McCann in the area. But Stam is across to challenge and the ball goes out for a Sunderland corner. Stam again heads clear. 43mins: Giggs wins a corner off Makin on the left, and when the set-piece is taken Keane's near-post header is cleared off the line by McCann. 41mins: Sunderland play the ball forward to Quinn and his knockdown finds McCann. But Silvestre puts in an excellent tackle to send the ball out for a throw. 43mins: Cole tries to cash in on a moment's hesitation in the Sunderland defence but Sorensen clears his lines comfortably. 39mins: Sunderland break out of defence and Kilbane tries an ambitious shot from all of 40 yards. The ball hits Silvestre and cannons away to safety for the visitors. 37mins: Giggs collects a pass from Mickael Silvestre and tries to get to the by-line but his first touch is heavy and the ball goes out for a Sunderland goal-kick. 37mins: Giggs crosses from the left, Gray heads out and Chris Makin does well to avoid conceding a corner. 35mins: The visitors win a free-kick 35 yards out for a foul on Butt, but when Giggs and Keane try to play in Cole Sunderland clear. 34mins: Butt and Yorke win possession 30 yards out, and when Cole feeds Yorke he moves into the box before firing across the face of goal. 33mins: Summerbee raids down the right and produces an inviting cross into the United box, but Stam beats Quinn to the punch this time and heads clear. 30mins: Giggs moves into the centre of the pitch to try and play Yorke through but Sunderland cut out the danger comfortably. 27mins: GOAL KEANE - The Manchester United captain brings his team back into the game with a trademark goal. Cole turns superbly 40 yards from goal to play the Irishman through and he fires the ball past Sorensen from the right edge of the penalty area. 25mins: Sunderland play the ball down the right for Summerbee to chase, but Irwin shepherds the ball out of play for a goal-kick. 24mins: Giggs crosses from the left and when the ball is only half-cleared Keane hammers in a venomous half-volley that Sorensen holds at the second attempt. 23mins: Roy Keane intercepts a pass by Alex Rae on the edge of his own box but his first touch lets him down and the ball is out for a goal-kick. 22mins: Dwight Yorke teams up with Beckham on the right for the latter to deliver a high cross to the back post. Giggs wins the ball in the air but Sunderland clear. 20mins: Giggs hares out of defence but his break towards the Sunderland area is halted by a fine sliding tackle from McCann. United win a throw but from it Denis Irwin's disappointing cross drifts out for a goal-kick to the home side. 18mins: United win another free-kick on the right wing, for a foul by Steve Bould on Andy Cole. Giggs swings it in to the near post but Bould heads out for a corner. Sunderland then clear the ball upfield and Beckham is penalised for a reckless challenge. 15mins: United win a free-kick on the right and David Beckham swings it in. Sunderland half-clear, but only to Gary Neville who fires in a shot from 25 yards out. The ball goes just wide but the flag is already up for a Sunderland free-kick. 13mins: GOAL QUINN - Lovely build-up play down the left between Gray and Kilbane ends with Schwarz putting in a superb cross for Quinn. He loops the ball up and over Bosnich into the net to give Sunderland a sensational 2-0 lead. 11mins: United string a number of passes together in a bid to find some space, but excellent harrying by Sunderland ends with Stam playing the ball back to Bosnich. 9mins: Gary Neville takes his eye off the ball in his own half and Kilbane takes possession. But the Irishman fails to spot Gray on the overlap and gives the ball away. 8mins: Sunderland, fresh from that Boxing Day roasting at Everton, are really up for this one. Now Butler gets in a crunching challenge to stop Nicky Butt in his tracks. 6mins: A great opportunity for Sunderland to go 2-0 ahead. Quinn again wins the ball from a deep cross to the back post. His knockdown falls to Paul Butler unmarked 10 yards out but he blazes the ball high over the United bar. 4mins: Sunderland break out of defence and Kevin Kilbane runs at the United defence from deep inside his own half. Jaap Stam ends his progress with a crude body check and receives the yellow card from referee Jeff Winter. Again Quinn wins the resulting free-kick in the air but this time the ball goes safely through to Bosnich. 3mins: Ryan Giggs plays the ball behind the Sunderland defence for Andy Cole to chase, but keeper Thomas Sorensen is out quickly to boot the ball clear. 2mins: GOAL GAVIN McCANN - A sensational start as McCann fires past Mark Bosnich to put Sunderland ahead. Michael Gray plays a free-kick to the edge of the United area from inside his own half. Quinn heads on and McCann takes the ball on his chest before volleying past Bosnich. The goal is timed at just 71 seconds. 1min: Niall Quinn wins a header just outside the United box and when the ball is played into the area Nicky Summerbee is caught offside. 1min: Sunderland, without injured England striker Kevin Phillips, get the game under way in a passionate atmosphere at the Stadium of Light. United meanwhile know that three points would take them back to the top of the Premiership following Arsenal's 2-0 win over leaders Leeds. © PA Sporting Life
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Guardian Sunderland 2 - 2 Man Utd Butt's late strike rescues United McCann 2, Quinn 13 | Keane 27, Butt 86 David Hopps at the Stadium of Light Wednesday December 29, 1999 Manchester United will not be going to the World Club Championship as Premiership leaders, the natural order of things having been defied in inspired fashion last night by a Sunderland side who refused to relinquish their place among their supposed superiors at the top of the table. Leeds United's defeat at Arsenal had left United needing victory to regain the Premiership leadership. But they were desperately grateful for a point, gained only four minutes from the end of a pulsating clash when Paul Butler's weak headed clearance was driven in by Nicky Butt. An upbeat Alex Ferguson drew pride from a spirited recovery, believing that United would leave for South America with their quality underlined. "Sunderland are noted for their quick starts and sometimes these things are unavoidable," he said. "But once we got going I thought we were excellent. We showed imagination, work-rate and creation, and dominated it." A five-goal mauling at Everton had shaken the Sunderland fans who have hardly dared to revel in their unexpectedly successful return to the Premiership, and even a convenient statistical absurdity or two - Sunderland had not lost at home to United for 15 years - did little to allay fears. Yet misgivings do not gather around any side managed by Peter Reid, and Sunderland immediately sent their doubting fans delirious by scoring twice in the first 14 minutes. The prime source, as it has been all season, was the aerial supremacy of Niall Quinn, who gave his initial marker, Mickael Silvestre, the run-around. By the time Jaap Stam was deputised to take care of Quinn, the Irishman had left United with a colossal task. Sunderland scored from their first attack, Quinn flicking Michael Gray's free-kick from deep on the left and Gavin McCann arriving to poke the opportunity low inside Mark Bosnich's right-hand post. When Quinn again won a header, with Silvestre begging at his shoulder like an attentive dog hoping for a hand-me-down, Paul Butler failed to steady himself and blazed an inviting chance high. Sunderland's second goal, however, was not long delayed. Quinn, stretching for Stefan Schwarz's cross from the left, contrived to divert it over Bosnich and in off the bar. He is having the season of his life and little will have matched the glory of is opening quarter-hour last night. It was Roy Keane, by example and, when that failed, by torrents of abuse, who demanded that United steady themselves. It was Keane, too, who pulled a goal back, finishing clinically after Andy Cole had freed him on the right of the area. Cole then let in Dwight Yorke, after Kevin Kilbane was off the pace, but the angle was more acute and Yorke shot past the far post. Keane, a towering presence, might have equalised by half-time as United grasped the initiative. He tore to the near post to meet David Beckham's corner but his header struck McCann on the line. Cole and Stam came equally close to levelling as Sunderland reached half-time with relief. Most of Sunderland's attacks in the second half foundered upon the head of Stam. If the Millennium Dome stands out as much on New Year's Eve as the Premiership Dome did in a frantic second half then the prime minister, Tony Blair, who was present last night to launch a Sunderland CD-rom designed to motivate schoolchildren to learn, will have cause for much satisfaction. The overriding question was whether motivation - which they have had in abundance all season - would be enough to see Sunderland home. Bosnich had to hack clear at the edge of his area after Quinn's rickety run forward had escaped an offside flag. Cole was having a good night as a provider and Thomas Sorensen needed to be at his best to save low to his right when Yorke latched on to Cole's pass, Ryan Giggs failing to tuck the loose ball in at the far post. It was magnificent fare before a new Stadium of Light record attendance of more than 42,000. With slightly more than 10 minutes remaining United gambled, replacing a defender, Denis Irwin, with a third forward, Teddy Sheringham. Giggs was also more to the fore but a determined dribble ended in disappointment as he shot high. Sunderland (4-5-1): Sorensen; Makin, Bould, Butler, Gray; Summerbee, Schwarz, Rae (Williams, 61min), McCann, Kilbane (Reddy, 89); Quinn. Manchester United (4-4-2): Bosnich; G Neville, Stam, Silvestre, Irwin (Sheringham, 77); Beckham (Solskjaer, 84), Butt, Keane, Giggs; Yorke, Cole (P Neville, 87). Referee: J Winter (Stockton).
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Points shared in festive classic «« A late equaliser from Nicky Butt earned Manchester United a dramatic 2 - 2 draw at Sunderland, after being two down inside quarter of an hour. Sunderland made a great start, with Gavin McCann and Niall Quinn each netting within 15 minutes. The ever dangerous Quinn rose majestically above Jaap Stam to meet a free kick after just 70 seconds, guiding it into the path of McCann. He controlled it on his chest, before volleying right footed into the net. Stam was then booked for a body check on Kevin Kilbane as United were put under enormous pressure, so it was no surprise when Sunderland added a second just before the quarter hour. Stephan Schwatz' whipped in cross from the left was met under pressure by Quinn, who stuck out his right foot, to glide the ball over Mark Bosnich into the far top corner of the net. The champions hit back however and reduced the deficeit with a fine goal from Roy Keane. Andy Cole turned a defender and released the ball to his captain, who blasted it across Thomas Sorensen from 18 yards out on the right, into the far corner. As United added more pressure, Keane's header from a corner was cleared off the line by McCann and then Cole headed a good chance just over the top. The second half was less frantic, with not so much goalmouth action, but just as Sunderland looked like holding out for a famous win, they were penalised near to the right touchline. The resultant free kick was not effectively cleared and Butt rifled it through a forest of legs, beating Sorensen to his left, with the help of a couple of deflections. It was cruel luck on Sunderland, but typical of United's never say die spirit.
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Irwin in line for Testimonial «« Celtic are to be asked to supply the opposition for Manchester United's Denis Irwin's testimonial. The Irish star would certainly be assured of a massive pay-day - not that he's a poor bloke at the moment. Whether Celtic will agree is hard to say, but they have already been at Old Trafford for Brian Robson and Mark Hughes, with Danny McGrain and both Paul McStay and Roy Aitken benefiting from games against England's biggest side. Meanwhile, Paul Elliot, the former Celtic central defender, has told Marc Reiper that there is life outside football if he has to retire through injury. Elliot suffered a similar injury to many other players who's career continued after a cruciate damage. Paul was unfortunate as he had to quit, but told the Danish stopper: "Life has a lot to offer outside of football. If he has to quit, I wish him well." Elliot is an agent in property and is still a pundit on television and radio.
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