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BBC Sport's Ron Jones
from Pride Park
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Derby boss Jim Smith
"I never felt we could hold out"
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Friday, 24 November, 2000, 17:15 GMT
Man Utd flourish buries Derby
Dwight Yorke and Darryl Powell tussle for the ball
Dwight Yorke and Darryl Powell tussle for the ball
Derby 0-3 Manchester United

Manchester United had to wait 61 minutes to break the deadlock at Pride Park after struggling to overcome Derby's dogged defence for much of the match.

Having made the breakthrough however, the floodgates opened and Teddy Sheringham, Nicky Butt and Dwight Yorke - with his 100th Premiership goal - found their way on to the scoresheet in a 15-minute spell.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for Jim Smith's side who had not only kept Sir Alex Ferguson's men at bay admirably but had also created several openings of their own.

The goal ended a run which had seen Derby go 384 minutes prior to the start of the game without conceding a goal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a second-half appearance
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a second-half appearance
The match started brightly with both sides stringing together some useful passing play.

Within ten minutes Nicky Butt was grounded by Brian O'Neil and Derby will have breathed a sigh of relief to realise David Beckham was not on hand to take the resulting free-kick.

Instead, Paul Scholes gave it his best shot but was unable to penetrate the Derby wall.

Derby's defence proved more than capable of handling Manchester United's attacking force in the early exchanges, keeper Mart Poom looking particularly solid.

Scuffed shot

Luke Chadwick, the 20-year-old who made his league debut against Middlesbrough at Old Trafford ealier in the month, put new England cap Seth Johnson to the test on a couple of occasions.

Chadwick almost rewarded Sir Alex Ferguson's faith in him on 18 minutes after a mazy run, but his sweet left-footed shot from the edge of the area curled over the bar.

Scholes came closest to putting his side in front during the first half but, despite finding himself in acres of space in the Derby penalty area, his scuffed shot was easily turned away.


Teddy Sheringham is in a great run of form - I was tempted to leave him out today but he was keen to play
  Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson
Derby continued to be put under pressure but a defence which had not been breached in four matches was standing firm.

Georgi Kinkladze should have given his side the lead on the half hour when he found himself one-on-one with United keeper Fabien Barthez.

But an inexplicable slip left him looking slightly shame-faced as the ball rolled out of play.

The Georgian created several openings for the home side but found Fabien Barthez, and a much-improved Manchester United defence, in control.

Sloppy

The second half began sloppily with neither side able to consolidate their earlier advantages.

Several heated exchanges ensued and Derby felt hard done by when Rory Delap was penalised for a challenge on Barthez.


I thought our front men gave the ball away too cheaply and when you do that against Manchester United you're going to get punished
  Derby boss Jim Smith
Manchester United began to pick up their passing game and caused a few hearts to beat in the Derby camp but the Rams held firm until Sheringham finally found a way through.

Paul Scholes made a neat run to the right of Mart Poom's goal before pulling it back for Sheringham to fire home his 14th goal of the season.

Jim Smith brought on Eranio and Dean Sturridge in a bid to add some firepower.

Within seconds however, United were 2-0 up thanks to a delightful five-man move which resulted in a superb goal from Nicky Butt.

The final nail in Derby's coffin came courtesy of a sweeping move which culminated in a fine finish from Dwight Yorke.

It was a harsh lesson for a Derby side which must wonder what it needs to do to force itself out of the relegation zone.

Teams:

Derby: Poom, Riggott, Carbonari, West, Johnson, Martin, O'Neil, Powell, Kinkladze, Christie, Delap. Subs: Sturridge, Morris, Higginbotham, Eranio, Oakes.

Man Utd: Barthez, G. Neville, Irwin, Brown, Silvestre, Butt, Keane, Chadwick, Scholes, Sheringham, Yorke. Subs: Van Der Gouw, Solskjaer, Johnsen, Fortune, Greening.

Referee: D Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill).

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