Man United 2 Sheff United 0

David Sadler And Bill Dearden

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Shef­field Uni­ted 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Oct­ober 2, 1971. Fol­low­ing a 2-2 draw wi­th Liver­pool at An­field, Man­chester Uni­ted de­feated lead­ers Shef­field Uni­ted 2-0 at Old Traf­ford. North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al Ge­orge Best gave Uni­ted the up­per hand in the 89th min­ute be­fore Alan Gowl­ing sco­red a sec­ond wi­th just a few sec­onds left on the watch. 

In the last meet­ing be­tween Man­chester Uni­ted and Shef­field Uni­ted at Old Traf­ford on the 20th of April 1968, Matt Busby´s si­de had edged out the So­uth York­shire club by a 1-0 mar­gin cour­tesy of an early goal from Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al De­nis Law in the fifth min­ute of the Fir­st Di­vi­sion en­counter. On this oc­ca­sion, re­cently ap­poin­ted Man­chester Uni­ted man­ager Frank O´Farrell had to make do with­out the phys­ic­al pres­ence of the Scot­tish stri­ker who was out wi­th a thigh prob­lem and he was re­placed by left wing­er John As­ton. Sur­prise te­am Shef­field Uni­ted, who had won pro­mo­tion to the Fir­st Di­vi­sion the pre­vi­ous sea­son, were dan­ger­ous in the fir­st frame of the clash, but Da­vid Sad­ler and his fel­low de­fenders kept the vis­it­ors at bay be­fore the ha­lf-time break. Man­chester Uni­ted came back a lot strong­er in the sec­ond pe­riod and wi­th on­ly one min­ute left of nor­mal time Ge­orge Best pro­vided The Reds the lead af­ter a fant­ast­ic in­di­vidu­al dis­play which saw the North­ern Ir­ish­man be­at five rivals and place the ball pa­st Bramall Lane goal­keeper John Hope and in­to the far bot­tom cor­ner of the net. Stock­port born Alan Gowl­ing then doubled the ad­vant­age for the ho­me si­de when the marks­man fou­nd the back of the net dur­ing stop­page time as he head­ed an ac­cur­ate cross from Bri­an Kidd in­to the bot­tom right cor­ner of the goal to com­plete a 2-0 ho­me vic­tory ag­ainst Shef­field Uni­ted, a res­ult which meant that Farrell´s troops were now just one point be­hind The Blades, and one point above Der­by Coun­ty in third po­s­i­tion. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Tom­my O’Neil, To­ny Dun­ne, Alan Gowl­ing, Ste­ve Ja­mes, Da­vid Sad­ler, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Bri­an Kidd, Bob­by Charl­ton, Ge­orge Best, John As­ton Ju­ni­or. Sub­sti­tute: Fran­cis Burns. Shef­field Uni­ted Te­am: John Hope, Len Badger, Ted Hems­ley, John Flynn, Ed­die Colqu­houn, Tre­vor Hock­ey, Alan Wood­ward, Ge­off Sal­mons, Bill Dearden, To­ny Cur­rie, Stew­art Scul­lion. Sub­sti­tute: Gil Reece.


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Man­chester Uni­ted be­at Shef­field Uni­ted 3-0 in a Di­vi­sion One fix­ture at Old Traf­ford on the 1st of Nov­ember 1919, wi­th Joe Spence, Wilf Wood­cock, and Frank Hodges net­ting for the hosts.


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