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Premier League Flashback: Saints 6-3 Man Utd

Updated on October 24, 2015

By danprice, Contributor for Soccerjury

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October 26th, 1996 is a date that is etched in the minds of most Southampton fans.

For this was when the Saints handed reigning champions Manchester United a 6-3 drubbing at The Dell. Despite the match being played nineteen years ago this week, it is remembered as one of the most unforgettable games in Premier League history.

For Southampton fans, it's easy to see why it remains fresh in the memory. It's not very often during his career that Peter Schmeichel was forced to pick the ball out of the back of his net SIX times in a single game.

At half-time, Saints fans teased the Old Trafford club by singing if their opponents would change their shirt colours again. This was in direct reference to Alex Ferguson ordering his side to change out of their infamous grey kit, during the interval, when they were losing to Southampton the season before.

Highlights of Southampton's 6-3 win against United including Le Tissier's iconic lob (YouTube)

Having fallen behind to an Eyal Berkovic strike, Roy Keane was shown a second yellow card for an ill-timed tackle and United were down to ten men.

What followed was a glorious 18 yard lob by Saints legent Matt Le Tissier, which any player, past or present, would dream of scoring. United responded through a great David Beckham free-kick, but Le Tissier's strike seemed to really knock the stuffing out of the visitors.

Eyal Berkovic scored his second with a stunning volley from outside the box, while Egil Ostenstad wrote himself into Southampton folklore with two goals and a shot that ultimately produced a Gary Neville own goal. David May and Paul Scholes responded for United during the game, but this was not to be United's day.

Southampton defeated a United starting XI filled with legends (11vs11)

This match was part of a bad sequence of results for the Manchester club, including a 5-0 defeat at Newcastle, 2-1 loss at Chelsea, and a surprise 1-0 reversal at home to Fenerbahce in the Champions League. Still, Manchester United showed their characteristic resilience to recover from these defeats to go on and retain their Premier League crown. But this game helped Southampton maintain their Premier League status as they finished just a solitary point above relegated Sunderland.

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Mark Lawes

Can't believe this was 20 years ago

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Wonderful goals. Le Tisser's was pure class!

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