Honours Even After Thriller At The Bridge (Sky Sports)
Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2
Chelsea were far more assured in their build-up play, sending neat one-touch passes zipping across the turf, with Frank Lampard and Emmanuel Petit winning the midfield battle.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, selected up front despite the continuing uncertainty over his future, also came close twice to putting his side further ahead in an impressive display, while Zenden was appearing with telling effect all over the park.
Carlo Cudicini had hardly got his knees dirty until Mikael Silvestre arrowed a 40-yard cross field pass to Beckham on the right edge of the penalty box.
His first touch was sublime, his second took him past Celestine Babayaro and the third sent a shot looping over Carlo Cudicini, courtesy of a slight deflection off Marcel Desailly.
As the game opened up, Giggs struck the outside of the post when well-placed 12 yards out, while Gianfranco Zola skimmed the bar and Carroll saved bravely at the feet of Hasselbaink.
However, Fabien Barthez' deputy was at fault as he conceded possession just before half-time with a throw intended to launch a counter-attack.
Instead, play came straight back towards him, with Zenden unleashing a fierce left-fot shot into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.
While Chelsea had taken the first-half honours, it was United who dominated the second period. as they pushed up and took control of the midfield, and John O'Shea stood out impressively at the back.
Van NIstelrooy was frustrated more than once by dubious offside
decisions, before Beckham struck the crossbar with a chip and after Cudicini
had produced a smart save from Scholes, he later looked to have brought the
midfielder down in the area for a certain penalty, but Graham Poll said no.
Unsurprisingly, on a muggy evening, there was a flurry of substitutions
in the latter stages, but as the pace of a pulsating contest finally
flagged, chances were few and far between.
Manchester Utd: Carroll, Phil Neville, Blanc,
O'Shea, Silvestre, Beckham, Butt, Keane, Giggs (Veron 84), Scholes (Solskjaer
76), van Nistelrooy (Forlan 90).