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The BBC's Mike Ingham
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Saturday, 6 May, 2000, 13:55 GMT 14:55 UK
Man Utd celebrate in style
David Beckham
Beckham scores the goal of the match
Manchester United 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester United celebrated accepting the Premiership trophy with a comfortable win over Spurs at Old Trafford.

The performance leaves United just four goals short of 100 for the season.
Match facts
4 mins: Solskjaer puts Man Utd ahead
19 mins: Armstrong equalises
34 mins: Beckham restores United's lead
36 mins: Sheringham makes it 3-1

The last team to achieve that in the top flight was Tottenham, but on a day when David Ginola watched the game from the stands they rarely looked the equals of Manchester.

It was also the champions' 10th successive Premiership victory, equalling Arsenal's record.

In a first half that featured four goals, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer immediately put the home side ahead, before Chris Armstrong's brilliant equaliser against the run of play.

United's reply came in the form of two goals in two minutes, with first David Beckham netting a beauty, then Teddy Sheringham slamming home on what could be his Old Trafford swansong.

It took the champions just four minutes to get the party started, when Jaap Stam nodded David Beckham's curling corner to Solskjaer at the far post and the Norwegian headed home.

Ryan Giggs caused flutters minutes later with a powerful drive from 35 yards that Ian Walker did well to deflect and gather.

Solskjaer: Opened the scoring

With United completely dominant in the early phases, it took Spurs 10 minutes to get a shot on goal and then only a scuffed strike from Darren Anderton, who was gifted by some showboating in defence.

Hence Old Trafford's shocked silence when Anderton's perfectly-weighted cross in the 19th minute was converted by Armstrong with a diving header into the bottom right corner.

Stam was nothing more than a spectator, and doubts about his fitness were confirmed when he was substituted for Henning Berg.

Manchester surged back into the Tottenham half and strong run and challenge by Giggs set up a cross for Paul Scholes. Solskjaer's header from seven yards was only kept out by another outstanding save from Walker.

Armstrong produced another scare at the other end when his lateral strike skimmed fractionally wide of the left upright.

Sheringham: Possibly his Old Trafford swansong

But Sir Alex Ferguson's men were determined nobody was going to rain on their parade and hit back with two electrifying strikes in two minutes.

Both movements started with Giggs, who first created panic in the Spurs defence before laying of to Solskjaer, whose sly tap across set up Beckham for a swerving rocket of a goal from the top left edge of the area.

It was followed on 36 minutes by goal three as Giggs' searching through-ball saw Sheringham shake off Sol Campbell in the middle, and the striker finished with ruthless efficiency.

Spurs summoned one more good attempt just before the interval, courtesy of Stephen Clemence, but it was the one bright spot in a period otherwise totally commanded by United.

The second half failed to live up to the promise of the first as United started to coast and Spurs' ambition was reduced to keeping out more Manchester goals.

Jonathan Greening, Giggs and Beckham gave the visitors the occasional bit of adventure to worry about, but the match had been decided in the opening 45 minutes and neither side seemed overly concerned about improving on that result.

Teams

Man Utd: Van Der Gouw, P. Neville, Stam, Silvestre, Irwin, Beckham, Butt, Scholes, Giggs, Sheringham, Solskjaer.
Subs: Cruyff, Berg, Greening, Fortune, Wallwork.

Tottenham: Walker, Carr, Campbell, Perry, Clemence, Anderton, Freund, Davies, Etherington, Iversen, Armstrong.
Subs: Segers, Korsten, Doherty, Scales, King.

Referee: A Wilkie (Chester le Street)

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