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Mar 4, 1995 at 3pm UK at Old Trafford
Man UtdManchester United
IpswichIpswich Town
Keane (15'), Ince (72'), Cole (23', 36', 52', 64', 88'), Hughes (54', 58')
FT(HT: 3-0)

On this day: Manchester United hit Ipswich Town for nine

Twenty years ago today, Andy Cole scored five goals as Manchester United recorded a 9-0 win over Ipswich Town.

Four days ago, this column looked back on Ipswich Town's famous 6-0 hammering of Manchester United at Portman Road in 1980.

It may have taken 15 years, but on this day in 1995, the Red Devils more than gained revenge for that humiliation when Ipswich Town made the trip to Old Trafford for a Premier League encounter.

While it was an afternoon to forget for the visiting Tractor Boys, it was certainly one that will live long in the memory of United striker Andy Cole.

When omitting Cole from his England squad for the 1998 World Cup, manager Glenn Hoddle claimed that the frontman needed at least five chances to score one goal. Against Ipswich, that certainly wasn't the case.

George Burley's Ipswich may have been fighting against relegation, but they were a bogey team for United, having lost just one of the previous five meetings between the two sides.

Yet come the final whistle, that theory counted for very little.

It was Roy Keane that broke the deadlock in the 15th minute when he drilled in from the edge of the penalty area, before a brace of strikes from Cole made it 3-0 at the break.

With the points already in the bag, rather than sit back and cruise through the second half, Alex Ferguson's side decided to go for the Ipswich jugular after the restart.

Cole completed his hat-trick in the 52nd minute when he rose highest at the back post to convert Denis Irwin's cross.

The goalscoring responsibility was then passed on to Mark Hughes, who found the net twice within the space of four minutes. First of all he fired Ryan Giggs's low cross into the net via the underside of the crossbar and then with goalkeeper Craig Forrest stranded, he headed in.

By this stage it was 6-0, but Cole soon made it seven with his fourth of the contest. Forrest thwarted Brian McClair, but he was powerless to prevent Cole from firing in the rebound.

Paul Ince was next to get in on the act following a quickly taken set-piece situation, but the final say went to Cole.

His fifth and United's ninth goal of the encounter came two minutes from time when with his back to goal, he acrobatically struck a half-volley beyond Forrest's reach.

At the final whistle, Cole had become the first player to have ever scored five goals in a Premier League match, although Alan Shearer, Jermain Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov have since matched that feat.

What's more, to this day, the winning margin of nine unanswered goals remains the biggest in Premier League history.

MAN UNITED: Schmeichel; Irwin, Bruce (Butt), Pallister, Kanchelskis; McClair, Ince, Keane (Sharpe), Giggs; Cole, Hughes

IPSWICH: Forrest; Yallop, Palmer, Linighan, Thompson; Sedgley, Wark, Williams, Slater; Chapman (Marshall), Mathie

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