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"The dismissal was probably harsh"
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Saturday, 20 November, 1999, 20:26 GMT
Butt back with a bang
Ryan Giggs rides a challenge from Horacio Carbonari

Derby 1-2 Man Utd

Nicky Butt marked his return to first team action with the opening goal at Pride Park, where Derby were forced to play most of the game with ten men.

Two yellow cards for German defender Stefan Schnoor in the space of two first-half minutes left the home fans in despair as their makeshift side struggled against the league leaders.

The referee has asked how Posh Spice was, what they were they eating tonight and then sent our fellow off.
Jim Smith criticises Beckham and the referee
Butt, who was brought back for this match after a hernia operation, scored his first goal for 11 months from the edge of the area after a David Beckham cross was headed straight to him.

And Andy Cole, ignored by Kevin Keegan for England's Euro 2000 clashes with Scotland, added a second in the 83rd minute before Rory Delap scored a consolation in injury time.

Paul Scholes was rested for the clash with the bottom three club, allowing Butt back into the side for United's fifth consecutive win and their first at Derby since 1977.

Dwight Yorke: Troubled Derby's defence
It was an ill-tempered match that saw five yellow cards besides Schnoor - one for Butt and four for a variety of Rams players, although Derby can perhaps be forgiven for becoming frustrated with the antics of David Beckham and Gary Neville.

Both managers appeared to be involved in furious exchanges with officials in a match peppered with ugly incidents.

Half-time gave everyone a chance to cool down and Manchester clearly came out for the second half with the intention of playing football, by way of a contrast with the period before the interval.

Schnoor put himself in trouble when he got himself a silly booking for making a comment to a linesman - that was his own fault
Alex Ferguson
Ryan Giggs gave Derby keeper Mart Poom - returning from injury - cause for concern twice in the opening minutes after the break, and it suddenly seemed just a matter of time before the visitors scored.

The first goal came from a Beckham corner. The midfielder drilled the ball in towards the goal, but it was headed away to the feet of Butt, who controlled it and thumped the shot into the top corner.

Poom was almost immediately called upon again as Cole went close.

Match facts
37 mins: Schnoor red card
53: Butt slams home
83: Cole rises for second
90: Delap's consolation
Derby never lay down and Darryl Powell can consider himself unlucky not to have scored as Malcolm Christie split the United defence. The shot took a lucky deflection to deny the home side an equaliser.

Cole replied at the other end of the pitch to thump in a header from 10 yards out.

Delap's goal, headed past Raimond van der Gouw from a Seth Johnson free-kick, was the only consolation for the Rams, who remain firmly attached to the relegation zone of the Premiership.


Derby: Poom, Laursen, Schnoor, Carbonari, Borbokis, Delap, Powell, Johnson, Dorigo, Sturridge, Robinson. Subs: Christie, Prior, Boertien, Oakes, Murray.

Man Utd: Van Der Gouw, G. Neville, Stam, Silvestre, P. Neville, Beckham, Butt, Keane, Giggs, Cole, Yorke. Subs: Taibi, Berg, Solskjaer, Sheringham, Scholes.

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