Tuesday, October 06, 2009
v MANCHESTER CITY on full league debut, Old Trafford, May 4, 1991. United won 1-0
I remember running across the front post, sticking my foot out. I don't think I touched it. I think my shoe laces might have touched it. People thought it was Colin Hendry's own goal. Everyone came running across and started celebrating with me, so I was happy enough. It was Manchester City. We were beating City in the derby and I had scored the goal. It couldn't have gone any better.
v JUVENTUS Champions League, Old Trafford, Oct 1, 1997, United won 3-2
This was a game when we felt we'd sent out a message of intent to Europe. Juventus were a great side with top players like Zidane, Deschamps and Del Piero in their prime. We were 2-1 up with about a minute to go and I ran down the left, went past a couple of defenders and hit a shot high into the net.
v ARSENAL FA Cup semi-final, April 14, 1999 (Villa Park) United won 2-1
It was just an instinctive thing. I got the ball and tried to beat whoever was in front of me. The next minute I found myself in the box and facing David Seaman, who is an imposing figure. I thought, 'I'll have to hit this as hard as I can' and it went in. I have never done a celebration like that before. Maybe it was because the goal was a bit of a relief. I had come on as a sub and given the ball away three or four times. The celebration was like the goal. It was pure instinct. I thought 'who cares'. But I got some stick for my hairy chest.
v JUVENTUS Champions League, Stadio Delle Alpi, February 25, 2003. United won 3-0
I scored two. The second followed a run from the halfway line when I went down the left and cut inside. This is one of my favourite moments. To score a goal like that against Juventus, or any Italian team, is very special to me. I'd been getting a bit of stick. It wasn't the best of seasons for me up to that point and that goal got me back on track. There was a lot of speculation that I was going to leave, but that was one of my best seasons.
v CHELSEA Champions League final, Moscow, penalty kick, May 21, 2008. United won 6-5 on pens
I had practised during the week and thought I would aim for the corner. I felt if I kept the same technique and hit it low and hard into the corner it meant if he did save it, it would be a good save. It was a relief to see it go in as it meant Chelsea had to score the next one. Edwin (van der Sar) saved (Nicolas) Anelka's penalty and we had won.
Steve Bruce recalls the day Ryan Giggs first joined United:
“My first memory of him was when Fergie was nicking him from Man City and he was saying we have got this young kid coming over so just be careful with him today, he is going to train with the first team; he was obviously wanting him to sign. He joined in but we thought 'oh well, he's going to come and just join in with us.' But he took the mickey out of Viv Anderson, dribbled round him three times and we were saying 'who is this?' “That was my first memory of him and I just went 'wow'. I have never seen anyone as natural. Running, dribbling, it was just effortless for him to do any running session. He would glide. With the ball he was just as quick with the ball as he was without it. Did he get past me? Oh yeah, very, very easily. He's as good now as he was then…”
vs. Sunderland 2-2. A disappointing performance in our own backyard as Sunderland were well worth a point if not 3. But such is the luck of Champions even when you having an off day you manage to graft a result by staying positive. Apart from Berbatovs goal United lacked imagination up front. I was hoping Giggs & Valencia would start but oddly enough Welbeck was given a wide role with the unpredictable Nani. Yet again the talking point has to be Ben Foster, Bent is a striker on form but you just know Van Der Sar might have got a hand to that shot from that distance, what was it about 20 yards? Sunderland’s second was another keeping mistake from Foster who looks very unsure of himself when dealing with aerial attacks. Subsequently Foster has not been named in the England squad for the upcoming games & the writing is on the wall. Its time Kuszcak gets a deserved run in the first team. Fergies attack on Alan Wiley was surprising & seemingly obvious he wanted to deflect attention away from a bad team performance. He now faces an FA enquiry.