Past clashes of Manchester United v Arsenal: tension, arguments, battles and pizza

By Sportsmail Reporter Last updated at 10:15 AM on 07th November 2008

 

Arsenal prepare to face Manchester United at the Emirates tomorrow in what could be the latest in a long line of bad-tempered clashes between the two sides in recent times.

Physical confrontation has been a theme of the rivalry between the clubs over the past ten years.

Ahead of Saturday's match Arsenal's former midfield enforcer Patrick Vieira said: 'When I was at Arsenal, Manchester was the best team in the country, because they were winning the League in the last four or five years.

'There was a big rivalry between the two clubs and every single game that I played against Manchester has been tough, has been difficult. 

'There was a lot of tension, a lot of arguments, battles. But it was fantastic. I loved it a lot.'

Here, Sportsmail casts an eye over some of their most memorable meetings.

MANCHESTER UNITED 0 ARSENAL 1 (20 October 1990)

Gary Pallister, Alan Smith, Steve Bruce (No 4), Mike Phelan, Paul Merson, Michael Thomas, Lee Sharpe, referee Keith Hackett, Paul Ince, Brian McClair and Nigel Winterburn are involved after Irwin's tackle on Limpar

Flare up: (from left) Gary Pallister, Alan Smith, Steve Bruce (No 4), Mike Phelan, Paul Merson, Michael Thomas, Lee Sharpe, referee Keith Hackett, Paul Ince, Brian McClair and Nigel Winterburn are involved after Irwin's tackle on Limpar

Tempers flared after a lunge by Arsenal's Nigel Winterburn on United full back Denis Irwin. Brian McClair and Denis Irwin kicked Winterburn while he lay on the floor sparking a 21-man brawl that led to United being deducted one point while the Gunners lost two.

This is sometimes regarded as the match that poisoned the clashes between the two sides afterwards. Anders Limpar scored the only goal of the game. Arsenal won the title.

See the amazing scenes from that match and some of the others mentioned below


ARSENAL 3 MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (9 November 1997)

Nicolas Anelka opened the scoring for Arsenal before a stunning Patrick Vieira strike doubled their advantage.

Teddy Sheringham bagged a brace for United to pull the scores level at half-time but a precision David Platt header seven minutes from time sealed the points for the Gunners.

The contest was marred by fan violence, though, as Peter Schmeichel and Nigel Winterburn were both struck by coins and Sheringham was accused of inciting the home crowd after scoring.

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Make some noise: former Tottenham forward Sheringham was accused of inciting the Arsenal fans while (below) watch David Platt's winner

Make some noise: former Tottenham forward Sheringham was accused of inciting the Arsenal fans while (below) watch David Platt's winner


MANCHESTER UNITED 0 ARSENAL 1 (14 March 1998)


Arsenal's Dutch striker Marc Overmars (left) scores through the legs of Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel

Rare nutmeg: Arsenal's Dutch striker Marc Overmars (left) scores through the legs of Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel

The Premier League title dogfight was all but settled at Old Trafford, when Dutchman Marc Overmars netted for Arsenal 11 minutes from time.

As a result, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger went on to claim his first championship in English football and became the first non-British manager to win the league title.

Arsenal's triumph also stopped United claiming a hat-trick of crowns.

MANCHESTER UNITED 6 ARSENAL 1 (25 February 2001)  - see the video below

Despite starting the season out in the cold, Dwight Yorke made a sensational return to the United side, scoring a hat-trick as Sir Alex Ferguson's men ran riot against the Gunners.

Thierry Henry brought Arsenal level at 1-1 after Yorke's opener but the home team simply tore into their title rivals and went 5-1 up by half-time.

Trinidad and Tobago international Yorke struck three times in the opening 22 minutes, before Roy Keane, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Sheringham completed Arsenal's misery.


MANCHESTER UNITED 0 ARSENAL 0 (21 September 2003)  - see the video below

The scoreline may have been a stalemate but this contest hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, as players from both teams found themselves in the dock.

Arsenal were charged for failing to control their players in the melee following Ruud van Nistelrooy's last-minute penalty miss, which saw defender Martin Keown's famous 'war dance' around the Dutch striker (below).

Keown, along with Ray Parlour, Ashley Cole, Lauren, Jens Lehmann and Patrick Vieira - who was sent off 10 minutes earlier - were all charged, while United stars Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo were also hauled before the Football Association.


Keown celebrates over Ruud van Nistelrooy


MANCHESTER UNITED 2 ARSENAL 0 (24 October 2004)

Van Nistelrooy netted a controversial penalty and Wayne Rooney struck in the final minute to seal victory for United as Arsenal's record 49-match unbeaten run came to an end.

But once again, it was the off-field confrontation which made the back pages, following the infamous 'pizza-gate' scandal in the Old Trafford tunnel.

United boss Alex Ferguson left with pizza and soup stains on his suit, as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger denied any knowledge of a food fight taking place.


 

 

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