Bradford City 0-4 Manchester United
Valley Parade, March 25th 2000
United’s form on March 25th isn’t good. Out of 21 games played on the date, The Reds have only won on eight occasions and suffered ten defeats – including a 5-1 battering at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday 50 years ago today.
The last time United played on this date is the focus of today’s On this day, and it’s a game that will forever be remembered for United’s fourth and final goal. David Beckham floated a corner to the edge of Bradford City’s box that was at the perfect height for Paul Scholes to unleash a right-foot volley past the despairing Matt Clarke in Bradford’s goal.
In a career filled with spectacular goals, the one against Bradford that afternoon is often cited as The Ginger Prince’s finest.
When the two teams met at Old Trafford in December ’99 the match also finished in a 4-0 victory for United, though Quinton Fortune’s first goal in a United shirt can hardly be classed as being on the same level of memorability as Scholes’ wonder goal.
United’s other goals that afternoon were scored by Dwight Yorke (who picked up a brace before nearly being decapitated by Scholes’ volley) and David Beckham.
The reigning European Champions retained their League title in 1999/00 – finishing 18 points ahead of Arsenal in second. Bradford managed to stay in The Premier League in their inaugural season after a dramatic victory over Liverpool on the final day of the season.
United’s line-up that day
1. Bosnich; 2. G. Neville, 21. Berg, 27. Silvestre, 12. P. Neville; 7. Beckham, 16. Keane, 18. Scholes, 11. Giggs; 19. Yorke, 9. Cole. Substitutes: 20. Solskjaer, 30. Wallwork