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Saturday, 11 November, 2000, 18:50 GMT
United recover to deny Boro
Middlesbrough's Schwarzer denies Solskjaer at Old Trafford.
Manchester United 2-1 Middlesbrough

Teddy Sheringham may be considered too old for Peter Taylor's latest England squad, but he continues to play a prominent role for the champions as he came off the bench to score his second winner of the week.

Sheringham was presented with his player of the month award for October before kick off, but then retired to the bench to watch Middlesbrough threaten to become the first Premiership victors at Old Trafford for nearly two years.

They had been the last side to take three points there, on Boxing Day two years and 35 league games ago, and when Christian Karembeu put them ahead on 32 minutes a repeat seemed possible.

I thought that was probably one of our best performances for quite a while. I thought our passing was absolutely terrific at times and to come back from 1-0 down against this Middlesbrough side who have performed very, very well, then it's a good performance to do that.
  Sir Alex Ferguson

But first Nicky Butt finished from close range and then five minutes later Sheringham seized on a rebound as he had in midweek in the Champions League for his 13th goal of the campaign.

It was though a United victory that owed much, as ever, to Roy Keane.

He was greeted with rapturous applause from the Old Trafford faithful - whatever their favoured choice of sandwich filling, another capacity crowd knew their captain's worth.

Backed by a noticably vocal support, United swept forward at once and could have ended the contest in less time than it takes to chose which Chardonnay should accompany the prawns.

And seemingly at the heart of everything was Keane.

He drove down the left, leaving Boro's dazed defenders in his wake, and squared for Dwight Yorke only for the fit again Mark Schwarzer to palm a fierce drive over the bar.

Teddy Sheringham
Sheringham scores the winning goal

Schwarzer was rarely out of the action, racing to the edge of his area to deny Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then saving again from Yorke.

The Australian was spared having to save again from Yorke when the recalled striker turned the ball over the bar from close range following another slick passage of play from the home side.

But the goal refused to come and just past the half hour Boro assembled their first meaningful attack and scored.

With United's central defence conspicuous by their absence Karembeu dispossessed Butt, exchanged passes with Hamilton Ricard and scooped the ball over the startled Fabien Barthez.

For a time United seemed stunned by such an unexpected turn of events, but slowly and surely they regained their rhythm although the end result was still lacking.

Mickael Silvestre stooped to head over, before Sheringham was introduced in place of the injured Solskjaer.

Keane walloped wide from 25 yards and almost on the interval Schwarzer tipped over a swirling David Beckham free kick from even further out.

It's a bit disappointing to lose the game because I thought we did quite well. Mark Schwarzer made a couple of early saves, but after that I thought the lads did well in the game. I feel at the moment that we are a mid-table side, but the league shows we are not.
  Bryan Robson

United had to replace Wes Brown with Ronnie Wallwork at the break, the England defender having suffered a knee injury.

It did little to interrupt United's forward momentum, but still they could not fashion the finsihing touch.

Paul Scholes was twice guilty of glaring misses, sidefooting wide from a couple of yards and then planting a free header past the post.

The equaliser finally arrived not long past the hour. Keane strode down the right and crossed low and hard to leave Butt with a simple conversion.

Five minutes later Sheringham swept home the winner and all was well again at Old Trafford.

Man Utd: Barthez, P. Neville, Silvestre, Brown, G. Neville, Beckham, Scholes, Keane, Butt, Yorke, Solskjaer.

Subs: Van Der Gouw, Wallwork, Irwin, Sheringham, Chadwick.

Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Fleming, Vickers, Pallister, Karembeu, Cooper, Stamp, Summerbell, Ricard, Campbell, Deane.

Subs: Crossley, Gordon, Festa, Boksic, Marinelli.

Referee: P Durkin (Dorset)

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