Coventry 0 Manchester U 3
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.
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Manager: Ron Atkinson