Competition: FA Cup Fourth Round.
Referee: Mr G.S. Willard (
Harry Kewell played the starring role in United’s
sweeping victory over First Division
Going a goal down held few terrors for the adventurous and confident young O’Leary boys and the Pompey joy only lasted a couple of minutes as Ian Harte rolled up his sleeves and set about repairing the damage. He sent over an inch perfect cross from the left for David Wetherall to rise at the far post to head in the equaliser after eleven minutes. It was Harte again, who this time took everything on his own shoulders, to rifle in a tremendous twenty-five yard blockbuster of a free-kick just five minutes later to give United a 2-1 lead.
Manager David O’Leary had been worried before the game because so many of his squad were unavailable and had been nervous about having to play at Fratton Park in front of fans that were reputed to be one of the noisiest in the country. He need not have worried, as his side once again did him proud with Harry Kewell a key figure, scoring one himself and creating another, Harte spraying the ball about with accuracy and intelligence and Scottish International David Hopkin a commanding figure in midfield and thriving on being handed the captaincy with Lucas Radebe not being available.
Harry Kewell who had troubled Pompey with his pace, directness and shooting power, put United 3-1 up with an angled shot from Hasselbaink’s low right wing cross after fifty-one minutes and then the young Aussie’s pass set up substitute Clyde Wijnhard to ram in goal number five eight minutes from the end. Sandwiched between those two goals was a strike from Bruno Ribeiro, whose seventy-third minute shot took a deflection as it sped past the helpless Alan Knight.
United progressed into the Fifth Round for a meeting with former manager George Graham’s Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road, but, while United enjoyed a fine seam of form in the League and eventually finished in fourth position, they were held to a 1-1 draw by Spurs in the first game before going down 2-0 in the replay at White Hart Lane.
David Wetherall heads the first Leeds goal Willem Korsten wants to congratulate David Wetherall
David Wetherall celebrates
Matthew Jones watches Harry Kewell go flying
Gunnar Halle comes to grips with Steve Claridge
Fitzroy Simpson tries to get past Jonathan Woodgate Ian Harte and Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbank celebrate
Luke Nightingale opened the scoring for Portsmouth but United powered home with goals from David Wetherall, Ian Harte, Harry Kewell,
Bruno Ribeiro and
United gave youth a chance with Matthew Jones and Tommy Knarvik coming on as substitute and Andy Wright remaining on the bench
David Hopkin and
Jonathan Woodgate had strong games Dutchman Willem Korsten
was Alan Knight was in the
given a run
Matt Robinson and Fitzroy Simpson were at full-back Adrian Whitbread was the central defender
Michalis Vlachos, Alan McLoughlin, Dave Waterman, Jean “Jeff” Peron and Sammy Igoe formed a five-man midfield
Luke Nightingale and Steve Claridge were the strikers Thomas Thogersen and Matt Phillips were the substitutes
Aaron Flahavan, David Hillier and Russell Perrett were the unused substitutes for Portsmouth