Coventry 0 Manchester U 3

Norman Whiteside

Cov­entry City 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 3, High­field Road, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Septem­ber 15, 1984. Ron Atkinson´s Man­chester Uni­ted out­classed Cov­entry City 3-0 thro­ugh a brace by North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al Nor­man White­side and one goal from Eng­land mid­fielder Bry­an Robson.

In the pre­vi­ous meet­ing be­tween the two te­ams, Man­chester Uni­ted had beaten Cov­entry City 4-1 at Old Traf­ford and were nar­row fa­vour­ites to win this time too. Be­fore a crowd of al­most 20,000 spec­tat­ors at High­field Road, there was dra­ma five min­utes pa­st the ha­lf-hour ma­rk when Cov­entry de­fender Bri­an Kil­cline was giv­en his march­ing or­ders by the ref­er­ee for a dread­ful tack­le on Wales in­ter­na­tion­al Ma­rk Hug­hes. Wi­th The Sky Blues down to ten play­ers, Man­chester Uni­ted went ahead in the 38th min­ute of the clash as a cor­ner-kick from the right si­de was flicked on by Scot­land U21 in­ter­na­tion­al Graeme Hogg and the un­marked Bry­an Rob­son head­ed the ball in at the far post. Wi­th the ga­me ap­proach­ing ha­lf-time, The Reds had their sec­ond goal of the af­ter­noon fol­low­ing 43 min­utes of ac­tion thro­ugh Nor­man White­side who con­ver­ted an ex­cel­lently de­livered cross from Scot­land wing­er Gor­don Stra­chan. Man­chester United´s third goal in the mat­ch came three min­utes pa­st the hour ma­rk when White­side took ad­vant­age of a poor clear­ance by the Cov­entry de­fence and ham­mered the ball from in­side the pen­alty area pa­st City shot stop­per Ste­ve Og­ri­zovic and in­to the onion bag. Cov­entry City Te­am: Ste­ve Og­ri­zovic, Andy Spring, Bri­an Kil­cline, Nicky Plat­nauer, Tre­vor Peake, Stu­art Pe­arce, Mar­tin Jol, Da­vid Ben­nett, Bob Latch­ford, Micky Gynn, Terry Gib­son. Substitute:Ian But­ter­worth. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ga­ry Bai­ley, Kev­in Mor­an, Graeme Hogg, Mi­chael Dux­bury, Ar­thur Al­bis­ton, Remi Moses, Jes­per Ol­sen, Bry­an Rob­son, Nor­man White­side, Ma­rk Hug­hes, Gor­don Stra­chan. Sub­stitutes: None.


Manchester United Quickfacts

Man­chester Uni­ted won their fir­st en­counter of the 1984-85 sea­son when they de­feated new­ly pro­moted New­castle Uni­ted by a com­pre­hens­ive 5-0 score at Old Traf­ford on the 8th of September.


Man­chester Uni­ted Pre­vi­ous Ten Matches

1983-84 Sea­son:

Man­chester Uni­ted 0 West Ham Uni­ted 0

Ever­ton 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Ips­wich To­wn 2

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1

Not­ting­ham For­est 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0

1984-85 Sea­son:

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Wat­ford 1

South­ampton 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0

Ips­wich To­wn 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Chel­sea 1

Man­chester Uni­ted 5 New­castle Uni­ted 0

Man­ager: Ron Atkinson

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