23-11-2004. Alex Ferguson lead Manchester United for the 1000th time on this day in 2004. United won the Champions League group match against Olympique Lyon 2-1. Gary Neville and Ruud van Nistelrooy scored United’s goals. This was one of Neville’s seven goals in over 600 appearances for the Reds. Van Nistelrooy, on the other hand, is one of Europe’s most prolific goalscorers. He scored eight times in the seven games of the 2004-05 Champion League campaign and is second in the list of all time Champion League scorers with 56 goals (12 behind Raul).
The United line-up at Old Trafford was: Carroll, Neville, Heinze, Keane, Silvestre, Ferdinand, Ronaldo, Scholes, Rooney, van Nistelrooy and Smith.
United departed the tournament in the first knock-out round when they were defeated by AC Milan 0-1 both home and away.
Ferguson’s current record as United boss is played 1353, won 798, drawn 316 and lost 239.
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