Quickfire goals from Trevor Sinclair and Darius Vassell before the break put City in the driving seat before Robbie Fowler’s stoppage time strike wrapped up a deserved 3-1 triumph.
Sinclair gave Stuart Pearce’s men the lead just after the 30-minute mark with a volley on the turn and Vassell doubled our advantage just seven minutes later after combining with Andrew Cole from a City goal kick.
Things went from bad to worse for United when Cristiano Ronaldo was given a straight red for a reckless lunge on Cole midway through the second half, but Ruud Van Nistelrooy halved the deficit ten minutes later.
However, our two-goal advantage was restored in stoppage time when Fowler rifled a first-time effort into the far corner of Edwin van der Sar’s net after being teed up by Vassell.
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