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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 May, 2004, 16:00 GMT 17:00 UK
FA Cup final clockwatch
Result: Man Utd 3-0 Millwall

Full-time: The final whistle blows, and Man Utd are the 2004 FA Cup winners after a 3-0 victory over Millwall.

90 mins +2: Roy Keane tracks back to block Paul Ifill in the box as United look to preserve their clean sheet.

88 mins: Curtis Weston sets a new record for the youngest player to play in a FA Cup final at 17 years, 119 days, beating the previous mark set by Paul Allen for West Ham in 1980. The man he replaces is his veteran boss Dennis Wise.

86 mins: Ruud van Nistelrooy is named man of the match.

84 mins: With victory assured, Sir Alex Ferguson makes a triple substitution, bringing on Roy Carroll, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and also Nicky Butt, for what could be Butt's last appearance in a United shirt? Ronaldo, who has been inspirational, is one of those to come off.

81 mins: GOAL Man Utd 3-0 Millwall
Ryan Giggs bursts free down the left and rifles the ball across the box for Ruud van Nistelrooy to slide home his second, and United's third. There's more than a hint of offside about the goal, but it stands, and surely kills off any lingering hope of a Millwall comeback.

74 mins: A double change for Millwall, as they bring on forwards Cogan and McCammon in the hope of getting back into the match.

68 mins: That goal looks to be the decisive blow, as United start stroking the ball around, probing for more goals.

64 mins: GOAL Man Utd 2-0 Millwall
It's a penalty as a jinking Ryan Giggs run is abruptly halted by David Livermore. Ruud van Nistelrooy steps up, and smashes the ball into the top left-hand corner of the net.

60 mins: Mikael Silvestre jumps highest to head a corner towards goal. Dennis Wise heads it off the line and Wes Brown, following up, is marginally too late but does manage to connect with a flying Millwall boot and gets a cut head for his troubles.

52 mins: Andy Marshall dives to his left to keep out a Paul Scholes shot.

48 mins: Dennis Wise, whose aggression now seems to be getting the better of him, gets a yellow card for following through on Ryan Giggs.

46 mins: No substitutions yet as the match restarts. And Darren Fletcher almost scores straight away, after weaving through the Millwall defence.

Half-time: Man Utd lead 1-0, and on balance, deservedly so, thanks to Ronaldo's 44th-minute header.

45 mins +1: Dennis Wise and Paul Scholes tangle continuously in the penalty area as United prepare to take a free-kick on the stroke of half-time. A sign of things to come after the break perhaps...

44 mins: GOAL Man Utd 1-0 Millwall
United patiently work the ball to the right, and Gary Neville crosses to the far post for Ronaldo to head home. The Portuguese teenager deserves the goal for an impressive first-half performance.

41 mins: Suddenly the ball breaks to Ronaldo and he wriggles free to shoot, only to be denied by Andy Marshall and Darren Ward scrambling across the goalline.

37 mins: United are less dominant as the half progresses, with their passing less crisp than earlier. That, in part, is due to Millwall's determined display.

33 mins: A fan runs onto the pitch and has to be escorted away while play continues.

29 mins: Millwall fail to clear a Ryan Giggs cross but Ronaldo drags his shot wide.

25 mins: At last some pressure from Millwall as the Lions force a couple of corners, and spread momentary panic in the Man Utd backline.

21 mins: Roy Keane flicks the ball up and hits a superb long-range right-foot volley which Millwall keeper Andy Marshall brilliantly tips over the bar.

17 mins: More great skill from Ronaldo as he dances through the Millwall midfield. He is eventually brought down, and Dennis Wise appears to push him to the ground. Other players get involved, including United's Darren Fletcher, but referee Jeff Winter steps in to calm the situation. From the resulting free-kick, Ronaldo rifles the ball just wide.

13 mins: Ryan Giggs runs onto a long ball from Roy Keane, but Millwall keeper Andy Marshall comes out to challenge him and the ball runs out for a goal kick. United are controlling the match so far though.

8 mins: Cristiano Ronaldo, wearing golden boots for the final, crosses from the right but Paul Scholes fails to connect.

4 mins: The first real chance of the match, and it goes to Man Utd, with Ruud van Nistelrooy heading a Paul Scholes cross narrowly wide.

1 min: Millwall have settled well enough in the early skirmishes.

1500: The 2004 FA Cup final kicks off.

Man Utd: Howard, Gary Neville, Brown, Silvestre, O'Shea, Ronaldo, Fletcher, Keane, Giggs, Scholes, van Nistelrooy.
Subs: Phil Neville, Butt, Carroll, Djemba-Djemba, Solskjaer.

Millwall: Marshall, Ryan, Ward, Lawrence, Elliott, Sweeney, Livermore, Wise, Ifill, Cahill, Harris.
Subs: Weston, Gueret, McCammon, Dunne, Cogan.

Referee: J Winter (Cleveland)


Pre-match build-up:

1455: With all the ritual out of the way, the teams peel away for last-minute huddles and prepare for kick-off.

1450: Sir Alex Ferguson leads out Man Utd, but injured Millwall duo Tony Warner and Kevin Muscat lead out Millwall. England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is guest of honour, and is introduced to the two teams.

1445: The two teams wait in the tunnel as fans are treated to the traditional rendition of Abide With Me.

1440: The stadium is now a sea of blue and red with all the supporters in place and in very good voice.

Team news: Roy Keane and Darren Fletcher are included in the Man Utd midfield as Sir Alex Ferguson's side look to end their disappointing season on a high. Phil Neville has to make do with a place on the bench, alongside Nicky Butt.

Millwall get a pre-match boost with the news player-manager Dennis Wise, himself a Cup winner on three previous occasions, is fit to start.

1420: The Man Utd players emerge onto the pitch, but with many of their fans still to make it in, they come out to a mix of applause and boos from the Millwall end, which has filled up more quickly.

1415: Both sets of goalkeepers are warming up on the pitch with kick-off now only 45 minutes away.

1400: There's a strong police presence in Cardiff but the atmosphere is relaxed as fans from both sides spill out of the many city centre bars around the stadium to enjoy the glorious weather.

1345: Referee Jeff Winter enjoys a lap of the pitch, talking to some of the supporters who are already in their seats. It's his first FA Cup final, but his final game before retirement.

1340: The Man Utd coach pulls up - manager Sir Alex Ferguson and skipper Roy Keane are among the last off the bus.

1335: Millwall's players are sampling the pre-match atmosphere out on the pitch in their suits. But the Man Utd squad have yet to appear.

1330: Dennis Wise confirms he is fit enough to start for Millwall.

1315: The Millwall players arrive at the stadium. Player-manager Dennis Wise is among them, but there is no news yet on whether he will play or not.

1305: The gates open at the Millennium Stadium and Millwall fans get their first real taste of the stage for their big day. The Lions' team bus has already left the team hotel for the stadium.



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