Arsenal 2 Manchester U 6

Lee Sharpe

Ar­senal 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 6, High­bury Sta­dium, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup Fourth Ro­und, Nov­ember 28, 1990. A tech­nic­ally gif­ted and speedy wing­er wi­th a power­ful shot too, Lee Sharpe re­gistered a hat-trick either si­de of ha­lf-time in Man­chester United’s com­pre­hens­ive 6-2 vic­tory ag­ainst Ar­senal at High­bury, whi­le Clay­ton Black­more, Ma­rk Hug­hes, and Dan­ny Wal­lace all pro­duced one goal each.

The rivalry be­tween Ar­senal and Man­chester Uni­ted has al­ways be­en an in­tense af­fair and this en­counter was no ex­cep­tion to the rule. Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s men had beaten North West rivals Liver­pool 3-1 at Old Traf­ford in the pre­vi­ous ro­und, whi­le the North Lon­doners had ma­naged to edge out Man­chester City by a 2-1 score at Maine Road to the reach the last six­teen of the com­pet­i­tion. In front of a bois­ter­ous 40,000 crowd at High­bury, Man­chester Uni­ted took an early lead thro­ugh Clay­ton Black­more who­se blis­ter­ing free-kick flew pa­st Ar­senal goal­keeper Da­vid Sea­man and in­to the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner of the af­ter just two min­utes of play. Then, in the 44th min­ute of the clash, Dan­ny Wal­lace fou­nd Ma­rk Hug­hes who ham­mered his shot pa­st Sea­man and in­to the net to make it 2-0 to vis­it­ing out­fit. Lee Sharpe, who had joi­ned Man­chester Uni­ted from Fourth Di­vi­sion Torquay Uni­ted for a trans­fer fee of £200,000 at the be­gin­ning of the 1988-89 sea­son, ev­entually in­creased the lead for the vis­it­ors in the fi­nal min­ute of the fir­st ha­lf when 19-year-old flank for­ward power­ed the ball from out­side the pen­alty area pa­st Sea­man and in­to the top right-hand cor­ner of the net.

Eng­land stri­ker Alan Smith net­ted twice for Ar­senal in the 49th and 68th min­utes re­spect­ively, on­ly for Sharpe to score his sec­ond goal of the even­ing in the 75th min­ute of the Rum­belows Cup tie as he head­ed ho­me an ac­cur­ate cross from Re­pub­lic of Ire­land de­fender De­nis Ir­win. Sharpe fi­nally com­pleted his hat-trick in the 78th min­ute of ac­tion be­fore Wal­lace net­ted the sixth goal of the mat­ch wi­th less than ten min­utes re­maining on the referee´s clock. In oth­er Rum­belows Cup ga­mes, As­ton Vil­la de­feated Middles­brough 3–2 at Vil­la Park, Cov­entry City edged out Lea­gue Cup hold­ers Not­ting­ham For­est by a 5–4 mar­gin at High­field Road, Shef­field Wed­nesday were held to a 1–1 draw ag­ainst Der­by Coun­ty at Hills­bor­ough, Ox­ford Uni­ted lost 2-1 ag­ainst Chel­sea at Man­or Gro­und, South­ampton be­at Crys­tal Pal­ace 2–0 at The Den, Leeds Uni­ted trashed Queens Park Ran­gers 3-0 at Loftus Road, and Shef­field Uni­ted suf­fered a 2-0 loss at the hands of Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur at Bramall Lane. Ar­senal Te­am: Da­vid Sea­man, Lee Dix­on, To­ny Adams, Ste­ve Bould, Nigel Win­ter­burn, Paul Dav­is, Paul Mer­son, An­ders Limpar, Mi­chael Tho­mas, Perry Groves, Alan Smith. Sub­sti­tute: Kev­in Camp­bell. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Les Sealey, Ste­ve Bru­ce, Ga­ry Pal­lister, De­nis Ir­win, Clay­ton Black­more, Mi­ke Phelan, Dan­ny Wal­lace, Paul In­ce, Bri­an Mc­Clair, Ma­rk Hug­hes, Lee Sharpe. Sub­sti­tute: Mal Donaghy.

 

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Halesowen born Lee Sharpe ac­cu­mu­lated 36 goals duirng 263 ap­pear­ances in all com­pet­i­tions for Man­chester Uni­ted dur­ing his six-year long stay at Old Traf­ford. The West Mid­lander la­ter ap­peared for Leeds Uni­ted, Samp­dor­ia, Brad­ford City, Ports­mouth, Ex­eter City, Grin­davík, and fi­nally Gar­forth Town.

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