Premiership - 3rd October 1999
Our biggest ever win against Manchester United was made a little more special by the fact that they were European champions at the time.
Chelsea made the perfect start when Gustavo Poyet made the most of a goalkeeping error by heading home an Albert Ferrer cross after just 28 seconds.
It was a strangely subdued performance by United and we took full advantage after 16 minutes later when Chris Sutton scored his only league goal for the club. Moments later any chance United may have had of getting back appeared to disappear when Butt was sent off. Inevitably, Dennis Wise was involved. Butt took exception to a foul by Wise and kicked out at the Chelsea man to receive a red card.
The victory became a rout within the space of four minutes early in the second half. Another goalkeeping error resulted in our third goal, the keeper spilling a Frank Leboeuf shot for Poyet to score his second of the match. Then a precise Gianfranco Zola shot was turned into his own net by Berg under pressure from Sutton.
Finally with eight minutes left, the three substitutes combined to create a fifth, Tore Andre Flo and Graeme Le Saux exchanging passes to set up Jody Morris.