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Manchester United

Premier League
Game 29: Wednesday 5 March 2003

Manchester United 2 - 1 Leeds United
(Half-time: 1 - 0)
Crowd: 67135
Referee: G Poll (Tring)
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Match Facts
Manchester United Team Leeds United
Fabien Barthez   Paul Robinson
Goal - 79 minutes Mikaël Silvestre   Danny Mills
John O'Shea   Teddy Lucic
Rio Ferdinand   Raúl Bravo Subbed - 84 minutes
Subbed - 55 minutes Juan Verón   Ian Harte
David Beckham   Lucas Radebe Own goal - 20 minutes
Nicky Butt   Seth Johnson
Roy Keane   Paul Okon
Subbed - 64 minutes Quinton Fortune   Nick Barmby Subbed - 84 minutes
Booked - 57 minutes Paul Scholes   Alan Smith Booked - 44 minutes
Subbed - 89 minutes Ruud van Nistelrooy   Mark Viduka Goal - 64 minutes
Roy Carroll   Nigel Martyn
Sub - 89 minutes Gary Neville   Matthew Kilgallon
Sub - 55 minutes Phil Neville   Shane Cansdell-Sherriff
Darren Fletcher   James Milner Sub - 84 minutes
Sub - 64 minutes Ryan Giggs   Stephen McPhail Sub - 84 minutes
Match Reports
BBC Man Utd late show sinks Leeds
The Guardian Silvestre strike closes the gap
The Independent Silvestre keeps United in the hunt Silvestre keeps Man United in the title race
The Sporting Life Manchester United 2 - 1 Leeds United
The Electronic Telegraph Silvestre salvages victory to keep United in contention
The Times United show of staying power tarnished by injury to Keane
Yorkshire Evening Post Poll axed! Battling Leeds denied the chance to make their point by referee

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Silvestre strike closes the gap - Daniel Taylor

Copy from Football Unlimited of 06/03/2003.

If, as Sir Alex Ferguson alleges, Arsenal are "overconfident" about their chances of retaining the Premiership title, Arsène Wenger's self-assurance should not blur his sense of caution. Though Manchester United produced a disjointed and scruffy display last night, the gap at the top of the Premiership has been trimmed to five points.

This was a reminder to Arsenal of United's durability. But although they threatened to overwhelm their opponents in the early exchanges, their late winner came from an unlikely source, Mikael Silvestre scoring his first goal of the season, and a hamstring injury that will keep out Roy Keane for a month does little to support the suggestion that they can dethrone Wenger's team.

Nor will this performance. The Arsenal manager should note that the hosts were far more grateful than Leeds to hear the final whistle.

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