Manchester United

Premier League
November 25, 2001

With Arsenal and Manchester United the dominant forces in the Premier League at the turn of the century, matches between the pair had assumed major significance. This clash at Highbury was no different.

After three years of finishing runners-up to Sir Alex Ferguson's side, Arsène Wenger had been busy in the transfer market that summer, with Tottenham captain Sol Campbell the most eye-catching addition to his squad.

Despite a raft of new signings, Arsenal struggled for consistency throughout the autumn but revived their title challenge with this hard-fought victory against the champions.

Against the run of play, Paul Scholes fired past Stuart Taylor - making his Premier League debut in place of the injured David Seaman and Richard Wright - to give United the lead.

Arsenal dominated the rest of the half without being able to restore parity, but within three minutes of the restart Freddie Ljungberg equalised with a superb chip over Fabien Barthez.

United's goalkeeper had performed well for much of the match, but two inexplicable errors in the final 10 minutes handed the Gunners a huge victory.

With 80 minutes on the clock, the Frenchman's scuffed clearance went straight to the feet of Thierry Henry, who made no mistake from 12 yards. Five minutes later, Barthez's nightmare continued when he failed to collect a Patrick Vieira through ball and left Henry with the relatively easy task of rolling the ball into the empty net.

The victory proved a huge boost to Arsenal. By mid-December they had moved up to second in the table, ending the season with a Premier League and FA Cup double.

Our FreezeFrame image captures the moment as Lauren and Roy Keane fight for possession at Highbury.

Arsenal team: Taylor, Lauren, Campbell, Upson, Cole, Ljungberg, Vieira, Parlour, Pires (Grimadi, 83), Kanu (Bergkamp, 64), Henry. Subs not used: Stack, Van Bronckhorst, Wiltord.

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