BBC SPORT Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC Sport
 You are in: Football: Eng Prem  
Sport Front Page
-------------------
Football
Teams
Statistics
FA Cup
Eng Prem
Internationals
Champions League
Uefa Cup
Eng Div 1
Eng Div 2
Eng Div 3
Eng Conf
Scot Prem
Scottish Cup
Scot Div 1
Scot Div 2
Scot Div 3
Europe
Africa
League of Wales
Cricket
Rugby Union
Rugby League
Tennis
Golf
Motorsport
Boxing
Athletics
Other Sports
-------------------
Special Events
-------------------
Sports Talk
-------------------
BBC Pundits
TV & Radio
Question of Sport
-------------------
Photo Galleries
Funny Old Game
-------------------
Around The UK: 
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales

BBC Sport Academy
BBC News
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS

Saturday, 11 May, 2002, 15:53 GMT 16:53 UK
Charlton hold Man Utd
Dennis Irwin leads out the Man Utd team on his last appearance for the club
Irwin led out the Man Utd team on his last appearance
Man Utd 0-0 Charlton

Charlton Athletic held Manchester United to their first scoreless Premiership match in three years in a disappointing finale to the season.

Liverpool's win over Ipswich meant that United finished the season in third spot - their lowest ever Premiership placing - while Charlton ended their campaign in 14th place.

With neither team with much to play for, the game had a real end of season feel to it.

The United fans received a boost before kick-off when David Beckham was paraded on the pitch minutes after signing a new three-year contract.

And Denis Irwin captained the Reds on his 527th and last appearance as his 12-year Old Trafford career came to an end.

Man Utd's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer skips past Charlton's Jorge Costa and Scott Parker
Solskjaer skips past Charlton's Jorge Costa and Scott Parker
But it was Charlton who dominated much of the game and made all the running.

Jason Euell should have scored after 24 minutes when he was put through on goal by Marcus Stewart, only to shoot straight at Fabian Barthez who saved comfortably.

Five minutes later Kevin Lisbie skipped past Wes Brown into the six-yard box, but the covering Phil Neville blocked his shot for a corner.

Lisbie then came even closer when he squandered a glorious chance to give Charlton the lead on 36 minutes with a late contender for miss of the season.

Chris Bart-Williams pulled the ball back from the right wing and with the goal at his mercy, Lisbie somehow managed to sidefoot wide from only yards out.

United, despite the presence of Roy Keane, lacked sparkle and just could not rouse themselves.

Diego Forlan of Manchester United challenges Charlton's Scott Parker
Diego Forlan came close to scoring his first goal for Man Utd

Ferguson tried to inject some impetus into the lacklustre proceedings 10 minutes into the second half when he brought on Ryan Giggs for Michael Stewart.

The Welshman was quickly into the action and fed Quinten Fortune on the left with a delightful cross-field ball only for the assistant referee to flag for offside.

Diego Forlan, making his 18th United appearance, had still to score his first goal and in the space of a few seconds he twice came agonisingly close to breaking his duck.

First Charlton keeper Dean Kiely touched the striker's half-volley from the left away for a corner, and then he fired a right-foot drive from the right side of the area just wide.

On 68 minutes, Irwin's 12-year United career came to an end when he was replaced by John O'Shea, and he left the pitch for the last time to a standing ovation.

Keane nearly snatched victory for United in stoppage time only for Kiely to save his close-range shot.


Man Utd: Barthez (Van Der Gouw 77), Phil Neville, Blanc, Brown, Irwin (O'Shea 68), Stewart (Giggs 59), Keane, Scholes, Fortune, Solskjaer, Forlan.
Subs Not Used: Wallwork, Lynch.
Booked: Irwin, Phil Neville.

Charlton: Kiely, Young, Costa, Rufus, Powell, Bart-Williams, Parker, Stuart (Jensen 76), Konchesky (Johansson 82), Euell, Lisbie (Svensson 90).
Subs Not Used: Ilic, Fortune.

Attendance: 67,571

Referee: G Poll (Tring).

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
BBC Five Live's Alastair Yeomans
"Beckham's new deal was the highlight of the afternoon"
Latest news from the Premiership

Saturday's games

SPORTS TALK

PREMIERSHIP STATS
Click here for all the latest from the My Club section

News and Statistics

Match coverage

Daily club news
Click here for all the latest from the My Club section

News and Statistics

Match coverage

Daily club news
Links to more Eng Prem stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Eng Prem stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

Sport Front Page | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League |
Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Other Sports |
Special Events | Sports Talk | BBC Pundits | TV & Radio | Question of Sport |
Photo Galleries | Funny Old Game | N Ireland | Scotland | Wales