Gallery: Reds’ replay run
United have won the last six FA Cup replays under Sir Alex and entertain West Ham in good heart tonight.
It’s a run that stretches back to 1999, the Treble-winning year, with the last replay defeat coming against Barnsley in 1998…
Chelsea 0 United 2, 6th round replay, 10.03.99
In a 0-0 first-leg draw at OT, Chelsea checked United’s run toward Treble glory as the Reds had 24 attempts on goal to the Blues’ four. Three days later at Stamford Bridge the tie was decided by Dwight Yorke’s insatiable brilliance up front and Peter Schmeichel’s defiance in goal. Yorke put United ahead after just four minutes, then Schmeichel frustrated the home side with a series of crucial saves. But Yorkie saved the best till last as his delightful chip sealed United’s progress.
Chelsea 99: Tensions are high, Beckham blows a kiss to a Chelsea fan
Chelsea 99: Dwight Yorke celebrates sealing United’s 2-0 win at the Bridge
Arsenal 1 United 2 (AET) (N), semi-final replay, 14.04.99
The last-ever FA Cup semi-final replay was perhaps the best. Two teams at the very peak of their powers slugged it out over 120 enthralling minutes of a tie that had absolutely everything. Dennis Bergkamp cancelled out David Beckham’s strike but Ryan Giggs famously won it for ten-man Reds with a stunning, slaloming solo effort in extra time.
Arsenal 99: Beckham hails his opener
Arsenal 99: Giggs scores his amazing goal
Exeter City 0 United 2, 3rd round replay, 08.01.05
“I apologise to the fans. They did not deserve that,” Sir Alex said after a dire 0-0 draw at OT in which only young David Jones emerged with credit. Then 11 days later at Exeter’s St James’ Park in front of 9,033 fans (plus those hanging out of the windows of nearby houses), Cristiano Ronaldo gave a United side boasting Neville, Giggs, Scholes and Rooney a 9th minute lead. Plain-sailing, then? Hardly. Exeter provided a few nervous moments before Wayne Rooney confirmed the win on 87 minutes.
Exeter 05: Front row seats, fans in houses near St James’ Park watch the action
Exeter 05: Rooney adds a goal to Ronaldo’s earlier strike to ensure victory
United 5 Burton 0, 3rd round replay, 18.01.06
The Reds put the Conference side in their place after a disappointing stalemate in the first game. Louis Saha and Giuseppe Rossi soon had the tie effectively won, with Kieran Richardson and Ryan Giggs also netting. Rossi wrapped it up late on with a deflected effort in front of around 11,000 travelling Burton fans.
Burton 06: Saha enjoys netting the first goal
Burton 06: Celebration time for Reds’ rookies
Reading 2 United 3, 5th round replay, 27.02.07
Brynjar Gunnarsson cancelled out Michael Carrick’s stunning drive in the first leg as United rued a glut of missed chances. If profligacy was rife there, then three goals in the first six minutes of the replay was an emphatic response. Gabriel Heinze, Louis Saha and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all netted early on at the Madejski Stadium but Steve Coppell’s Reading wouldn’t give up and fought back through Dave Kitson on 23 minutes and Leroy Lita with six minutes to go, setting up a nervy finish.
Reading 07: Heinze celebrates with sub Ronaldo after putting United 1-0 up
Reading 07: Solskjaer makes it 3-0 after six minutes, but the Reds still had to cling on
United 1 Middlesbrough 0, 6th round replay, 19.03.07
Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty proved sufficient to take United into the semi-finals. The man whose goal forced the replay at The Riverside was fouled by Jonathan Woodgate and beat Mark Schwarzer from the spot. James Morrison was later sent off for a wild challenge on the Portuguese winger.
Middlesbrough 07: Ronaldo is on the mark
Middlesbrough 07: Rooney goes close