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DATE: 3 October 1999
OCCASION: Premier League match
SIGNIFICANCE: Fergie’s Reds travelled to the Bridge on a 29-game unbeaten run, but after just 27 seconds a suicidal charge from goalie Massimo Taibi gifted Gus Poyet an opener into an unguarded net. Then Chris Sutton made it two with his first goal in Chelsea colours…
SCORE: Chelsea 5-0 Manchester United
SCORERS: Poyet 1, Sutton 16, Poyet 55, Berg (og) 59, Morris 82
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT: Nicky Butt was red-carded for kicking out at Dennis Wise after this pathetic incidence of handbags – though who could have blamed him? And so things went from embarrassingly crap, via amateurish petulance, to a fifth and final goal through the hapless Taibi’s legs… all en route to yet another United title!
LINE-UPS: Chelsea: De Goey, Ferrer, Hogh, Lebouef, Babayaro, Petrescu (Le Saux 77), Deschamps, Wise (Morris 65), Poyet, Zola (Flo 69), Sutton. Manchester United: Taibi, Irwin, Berg, Stam, Silvestre, P. Neville, Beckham (Wilson 65), Scholes (Sheringham 65), Butt; Yorke, Cole (Solskjaer 65).
VENUE: Stamford Bridge
ATTENDANCE: 34, 909
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