Manchester United secured a momentous feat with victory over Middlesbrough on Sunday. And no, we don’t mean finally moving out of sixth place after a four-month wait. That’s because the Red Devils became the first team to reach 600 Premier League wins.
So, following much debate – and some fond reminiscing from the Ladbrokes News’ team’s resident United fan – here’s our list of the best 10 United wins in the Prem era.
Manchester United 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday (April 10, 1993)
Their side had collapsed in the title race the previous spring, so the Old Trafford faithful feared the worst when John Sheridan put the visitors ahead in the 65th minute. Having won just one of their previous four games, it seemed the league crown would again slip out of United’s grasp, this time into the palm of Aston Villa.
However, the talismanic Steve Bruce had other ideas. The high-scoring defender nodded home in the 89th minute before securing victory with a second deft header in the sixth minute of stoppage time.
Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United (November 7, 1993)
Another trademark comeback from the (pre-knighthood) Alex Ferguson era, where the visitors found themselves 2-0 down at a hostile Maine Road at the break. Step forward, Eric Cantona.
The fantastic Frenchman brought United level with a couple of neat finishes, before a Roy Keane winner secured the points in the closing minutes.
Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich Town (March 4, 1995)
While the Red Devils were narrowly beaten to the league title by Blackburn Rovers in 1994-95, there’s one game which will live long in the memory – for positive reasons. United’s record win of the Premier League era saw them put nine past Ipswich without reply. Andy Cole scored five – a total yet to be beaten in the 22 years since.
Nottingham Forest 1-8 Manchester United (February 6, 1999)
At 1-1 after six minutes, this looked like it could turn out to be a close-run thing. Not so, but with 79 minutes on the clock the score was an impressive if unspectacular 4-1 to United. Step forward Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Fresh off the bench, he netted four times in the final 11 minutes to record a truly spectacular scoreline.
Manchester United 6-1 Arsenal (February 25, 2001)
No game showed United’s dominance in the period more clearly than this demolition of title rivals Arsenal. The hosts raced into a 5-1 first-half lead, with an attacking display which left a makeshift Gunners defence in tatters. Dwight Yorke grabbed the headlines and a hat-trick, but this was an immense team performance.
Manchester United 5-1 Fulham (August 20, 2006)
After friction between the pair at Euro 2006, many wondered how – or even if – Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo could reconcile at club level. The opening day of the 2006-07 season saw a defiant answer, with the pair dovetailing superbly, scoring three goals en route to blistering win.
Manchester United 3-2 Aston Villa (April 5, 2009)
His United career may never have hit the heights many hoped, but none who attended Old Trafford for this crucial title-run-in clash will ever forget the name Federico “Kiko” Macheda.
With United looking set to drop points again, and give Liverpool the advantage in the title race, the 17-year-old debutant produced an incredible turn and finish. Oh, and it was the 93rd minute. Sensational.
Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City (September 20, 2009)
Arguably the greatest ever Premier League game, this one had every ingredient for excitement. City had recently poached striker Carlos Tevez from United, and the hosts set out for revenge. Three times the hosts led at the Theatre of Dreams, only to be pegged back.
Perfect timing then, for former Liverpool man Michael Owen to secure hero status at his new side by netting a 97th-minute winner in front of a jubilant Stretford End.
Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea (May 8, 2011)
While they clinched their record-breaking 19th league title at Ewood Park in the following game, this was the game which really did the damage in the title race, as the top two faced off in the North-West.
Cult hero Javier Hernandez netted on the counter-attack after 35 seconds, before Nemanja Vidic calmed the nerves with a second before the half-hour mark. Despite pressure from the Blues’, the hosts held onto victory, with a point at Blackburn Rovers the following weekend enough to clinch the title.
Manchester United 4-1 Leicester City (September 24, 2016)
After a hit-and-miss start to this campaign, Jose Mourinho’s United delivered their first big statement of intent against champions Leicester, dominating all over the pitch, not least on set-pieces. 4-0 up before the break, this showed the devastating effect the current crop of United stars can produce at their best.
Next up for Man United is a home game against West Brom, with odds of 2/7 for the hosts to enjoy Premier League win #601.
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