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7 things you’ve forgotten about Fergie’s greatest ever half-time team talk

Back in 2001 Alex Ferguson produced his most effective hairdryer treatment ever. Spurs thought they had Man United beat... they should have known better.

Cast your minds back to September 2001.

Kylie Minogue was top of the charts with ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ and Zoolander was on at the cinema.

It’s also the month in history that has the infinite honour of hosting Sir Alex Ferguson’s greatest ever half-time team talk.

White Hart Lane was the venue.

But how much do you remember about the most effective hairdryer treatment in history?

1 Spurs’ front two were very decent (and United’s weren’t bad either)



4-4-2 was still the norm and it allowed the two teams to field intimidatingly good strike forces.

The hosts boasted Les Ferdinand and United old boy Teddy Sheringham.

Numbers nine and ten respectively on the list of all-time top Premier League goalscorers.

While the visitors named Andy Cole (number three on the aforementioned list) and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Four proper centre-forwards all on the pitch from the off.

4-4-2 wasn’t all bad, was it?

2 The first half was unheard of for both sets of fans



These days Spurs and United are pretty evenly matched but back in the day the Red Devils were several classes above.

So when Dean Richards opened the scoring on his Spurs debut it shocked everyone in the ground.

Once Ferdinand and German international Christian Ziege made it 3-0, even the most optimistic Spurs fans must have thought they were dreaming.

3 Two Treble winners cried off at half-time


Okay, cried off might be a bit harsh.

Denis Irwin and Nicky Butt were substituted at the interval, officially due to injuries but the latter in particular had endured a below par half.

On came Mikael Silvestre and, more importantly, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer…

4 United’s super sub was the key to the comeback



He didn’t get on the scoresheet himself but Solskjaer was instrumental in turning the tide.

The baby-faced assassin linked midfield to attack; pulling the strings as Cole, Laurent Blanc and Van Nistelrooy all headed home within a 25-minute blitz to make it 3-3.

5 Juan Sebastian Veron actually looked like he was worth the money


The bald-headed Argentine midfielder played the worst football of his career with united.

But for 45 minutes in north London he showed everyone why Fergie had forked out £28million for him.

He scored the crucial fourth, a low drive past Neil Sullivan, sapping all remaining fight out of Spurs in the process.

6 David Beckham gave us a preview of *THAT* Greece game…



If Solskjaer was the key then Golden Balls was the lock that worked in combination with him.

Becks fired home the cruel fifth, a trademark strike of pleasing purity.

5-3 to United!

A week later he scored the free-kick against Greece that sealed England’s qualification for the 2002 World Cup.

Beckham on top form really was a joy to behold.

7 Glenn Hoddle was the primary victim



These days his commentary sparks a torrent of hilarious tweets.

But having a historic win over United snatched away in such a cruel and ultimately comprehensive manner must have made him feel worse than anything the keyboards warriors of Twitter could launch his way.

After the game he simply said: “”God help the rest of us if they start keeping clean sheets.”