Chelsea 1 Manchester U 3
Chelsea 1 Manchester United 3, Stamford Bridge, March 30, English Football League First Division, 1974. After suffering two consecutive defeats, relegation threatened Manchester United beat mid-table Chelsea 3-1 away courtesy of a goal each from Gerry Daly, Willie Morgan, and Sammy McIlroy.
Manchester United had only managed to win six top-flight games all season and were 22nd in the standings as a result, but there was still hope of surviving relegation with nine matches left to play. Manchester United and Chelsea had fought out a dramatic 2-2 draw in the reverse meeting at Old Trafford in November and the clash at Stamford Bridge was expected to be a fairly open affair. Roared on by the travelling fans, Tommy Docherty´s lads stormed into an early 1-0 lead thanks to an effort from Willie Morgan in the seventh minute of action and then doubled their advantage with a goal from Gerry Daly on the hour mark before Sammy McIlroy made it 3-0 to the red shirts just seven minutes later. And although Chelsea reduced the deficit through Bill Garner in the 81st minute, the visitors went on to win the encounter by a comfortable 3-1 margin. But despite defeating The Pensioners, Manchester United remained bottom of the table and were eventually relegated at the end of the campaign. Chelsea Team: John Phillips, Ron Harris, Gary Locke, David Webb, Micky Droy, Steve Kember, Charlie Cooke, John Hollins, Bill Garner, Ian Hutchinson, Peter Houseman. Substitute: Kenny Swain. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Alex Forsyth, Stewart Houston, Martin Buchan, Steve James, Brian Greenhoff, Willie Morgan, Jim McCalliog, Sammy McIlroy, Mick Martin, Gerry Daly. Substitute: Paul Bielby.
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