Tottenham Hotspur 3-5 Manchester United, 2001
Manchester United for long have been tagged as the comeback kings in the country. Their dramatic comebacks in games and their last gasp performances have given us a host of unforgettable fixtures. But none more dramatic than the famous comeback at White Hart Lane in September 2001.
United won the previous 3 league titles and were enjoying a stint of complete supremacy in the Premier League. But the big shots of the Premier League were in for a surprise as the hosts Spurs went into the halftime break with a 3-0 lead after goals from Dean Richards, Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege. The first half performance and the scoreline was a shocker for all the viewers as they did not expect Manchester United to slump down to that level. But the second half gave us one of the best comebacks in the Premier League era and one which no United fan or any Premier League follower would forget in a hurry.
Sir Alex Ferguson was completely furious with his side’s display and decided to change things at half time bringing on Mikael Silvestre and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. And did United respond to their manager’s call? Oh boy, they did. And they did it in some style.
United scored 5 goals in the second half and went on to overturn their half time deficit and hand Glen Hoddle and his Spurs side a huge shock. United won the game astonishingly with a 5-3 scoreline with goals from Andy Cole, Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Juan Sebastian Veron and David Beckham.
The comeback would be deemed as one the greatest ever in the Premier League and went on to highlight the dominant nature United had under Sir Alex. And Sir Alex himself has went on to say this fixture as one of the most glittering ones during his 27 year tenure at the club.
Whatever Ferguson told the players at halftime remains a mystery, but the game will never be forgotten and will always be tagged as one of the best Manchester United games.