Make It Snappy


An Italian Chelsea manager at Old Trafford is the subject of our latest foray into the photo archives, ahead of the team's meeting this weekend...

Claudio Ranieri's first game in charge was at the home of the champions a month or so into the 2000/01 season. And what a game it was! 

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, to the left of Ranieri, had blasted us ahead early on with a stunning strike from outside the box. But United roared back with goals from Paul Scholes, Teddy Sheringham and David Beckham. 

Another Blues striker, Tore Andre Flo, reduced the deficit to one on the brink of half-time, and the Norwegian leveled matters up with 20 minutes remaining. It finished 3-3, with Hasselbaink and Gianfranco Zola - standing next to the new boss - withdrawn very late on as Chelsea's impressive record at Old Trafford continued. Ranieri is captured urging his players on to a creditable draw. 

This Sunday, Antonio Conte will make his first visit to the visiting dugout at Old Trafford as a manager, and he will be hoping to go one better than his compatriot Ranieri in September 2000, and return south with all three points.