Deportivo 2 - Manchester United 1
Manuel Pablo, Donato, Naybet, Romero; Mauro Silva, Emerson (Valerón
46'); Makaay (Scaloni 60'), Sergio (Pandiani 60'), Fran; Diego Tristán.
A magnificent comeback in the last five minutes of this match gave Deportivo La Coruña their first victory in this season's Champions League. Irureta lined up just about his first choice team, although he surprised many commentators leaving Valerón on the bench and including Sergio in an attacking midfield role. Makaay was also playing out of position on the right wing replacing the injured Víctor.
Manchester United were looking for their first win in 12 starts against Spanish sides in Spain, and lined up with a full strength side, including famous names such as Beckham, Verón, Keane and Van Nistelroy to name but a few. Deportivo were the better side at the beginning, with an active Diego Tristán causing problems for the United defence and Makaay bringing a good save out of Barthez. However it was the visitors who took the lead late in the first half when Giggs and Van Nistelroy combined to set up Paul Scholes for a shot which left Molina clutching at thin air.
Irureta brought on Valerón at half time, with Sergio dropping to a more logical position alongside Mauro Silva, and after Barthez saved once again from Tristán, he introduced Scaloni and Pandiani. For a few minutes United came back, with Molina stopping a shot from Keane and then making a point blank save from Giggs. But gradually Depor took control and it was Valerón once again who proved the match winner, setting up goals for Pandiani and then Naybet to snatch victory away from the English side in the dying seconds. Deportivo top their group on four points from their first two games, with Lille and Manchester United on three and Olympiakos with one.