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BBC Sport's Nick Mullins
"Neville displayed a Van Nistelrooy eye for the spectacular"
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Man Utd goalscorer Phil Neville
"It's nice to score goals, it's a great feeling."
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Boro boss Bryan Robson
"I think we could have got something out of the game"
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United boss Sir Alex Ferguson
"We got off to a great start"
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Saturday, 28 April, 2001, 16:16 GMT 17:16 UK
Man Utd add to Boro woe
Quinton Fortune and Phil Neville
Neville celebrates scoring his 25-yard screamer
Middlesbrough 0-2 Man Utd

Manchester United heaped more misery onto former Old Trafford hero Bryan Robson with a comfortable win at the Riverside Stadium.

A stunning long-range effort from Phil Neville and a David Beckham goal secured all three points for the Premiership champions and plunged Middlesbrough deeper into the relegation battle.

While Boro huffed and puffed, Sir Alex Ferguson could afford to give a Premiership debut to young midfielder Michael Stewart.

And the 20-year-old Scotsman put in an impressive display alongside Beckham, Nicky Butt and Quinton Fortune.

United started brightly and were rewarded after only four minutes.

  Key moments
4 mins: Phil Neville thunders a 25-yard shot past Mark Schwarzer
38 mins: Dean Windass volley tipped over by Raimond Van der Gouw
69 mins: Ugo Ehiogu taps in but goal disallowed for offside
84 mins: David Beckham slots in United's second

Beckham passed the ball to Neville and the England defender set off down the left.

Neville steadied himself outside the Boro area and unleashed a 25-yard shot which beat the outstretched Boro keeper Mark Schwarzer.

United's midfield - missing the likes of Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes - were intent on orchestrating proceedings.

But Boro did not let the early goal dampen their spirits and they came close to an equaliser on several occasions.


I thought we started the game very well - getting the goal obviously helped, but we did make a good start and I think that caught Middlesbrough on the hop
  Sir Alex Ferguson

Dean Windass saw his shot go just wide of the United goal on 25 minutes.

And the former Bradford striker forced Raimond Van der Gouw to make an excellent save, tipping over his fiercely-struck shot from 20 yards out.

At the other end, Schwarzer pushed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's effort around the post.

United launched a lightning fast counter-attack just before half-time and new boy Stewart had his shot blocked by the Boro defence.

Boro started the second half with far more purpose, challenging for every loose ball.

Man Utd midfielder Michael Stewart
Stewart made an impressive Premiership debut

Alen Boksic - usually so accurate with his free-kicks - blazed one over the United goal much to the disappointment of the home fans.

Debutant Stewart went into referee Steve Lodge's book for a clumsy challenge on Windass.

The Teesiders' new-found sense of urgency was rewarded with yet another free-kick, which was moved forward into the United penalty area after the visitors failed to stand 10 yards away.

But Van der Gouw managed to close down the shot and clear it from the danger area.

Boro thought they were back on level terms in the 69th minute.

Jason Gavin crashed a long-range shot against the upright and Ugo Ehiogu slotted home the rebound.

But an offside flag ruined their celebrations.


We got off to a poor start but after that I thought we were all right...Funnily enough, at the end of the game I haven't got too many complaints apart from the start
  Terry Venables

Terry Venables' men continued to press for an equaliser, and Hamilton Ricard was unlucky not to make more of some sloppy United defending.

Ferguson introduced Giggs and Andy Cole to give his side more of an attacking edge.

But it was Beckham who got United's second to kill off any Boro hopes of salvaging a point.

Giggs laid on a pass for the England captain who cooly slotted the ball into the bottom right-hand corner on 84 minutes.

Boro are now only four points ahead of Manchester City and must take something from their last two games to make sure of their Premiership status next season.


Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Gavin, Cooper, Ehiogu, Vickers, Okon, Stamp, Ince, Windass, Boksic, Ricard. Subs: Crossley, Mustoe, Deane, Gordon, Marinelli.

Man Utd: Van Der Gouw, Phil Neville, Stam, Johnsen, Brown, Beckham, Butt, Stewart, Fortune, Sheringham, Solskjaer. Subs: Rachubka, Giggs, Cole, Yorke, Chadwick.

Referee: S Lodge (Barnsley)

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