Man United 5 Sunderland 0
Manchester United 5 Sunderland 0, Old Trafford, English Football League First Division, November 26,1966. David Herd was Man of the Match as Manchester United recorded their biggest home victory of the 1966-67 campaign with a deserved and convincing 5-0 triumph over Ian McColl´s Sunderland.
David Herd had began his professional career at Third Division North side Stockport County where he netted six goals in fifteen Football League appearances before he joined Arsenal for a transfer fee of £10,000 in the summer of 1954. He debuted for The Gunners in a 1-1 First Division draw against Leicester City at Filbert Street on the 19th of February 1955, but his breakthrough came in the 1956–57 season when he amassed 18 goals in 28 first team matches. After having notched up an impressive total of 97 goals in 166 Division One appearances for the Londoners, he was brought to Manchester United by Matt Busby for a fee of £35,000 at the beginning of the 1961-62 campaign and made his First Division debut for the club in a 1-1 draw to West Ham United at Upton Park on the 19th of August 1961. After netting his first goal for United in a 3-2 Division One victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford on the 23rd of the same month, the prolific frontman went on to hit 17 goals in 32 first class appearances during his inaugural season with the Manchester team.
In their last First Division fixture, Manchester United had defeated upstarts Southampton 2-1 at The Dell thanks to a brace from World Cup winner Bobby Charlton. Sunderland, for their part, had beaten Burnley 4-3 at Roker Park courtesy of a double by Scottish winger George Mulhall and a goal each from fellow countrymen Neil Martin and John O’Hare. At Old Trafford, Sunderland manager Ian McColl could only sit and watch in disbelief as Matt Busby´s men outclassed his side by a 5-0 margin through four goals by David Herd and a single from Denis Law. Herd opened the scoring account for the rampant home team when he beat Sunderland goalkeeper Jim Montgomery with a ferocious shot after 20 minutes of play and then added a second goal in the final minute of the first half. Following the restart of action, Law made it 3-0 to Manchester United in the 48th minute of the clash before Herd went on to score in the 80th and 88th minutes respectively to give the hosts a 5-0 win. The result meant Manchester United were now sitting in second place in the First Division table with 25 points gained from 17 matches played, level on points with leaders Chelsea but with an inferior goal average. The Rokerites, on the other hand, remained in 14th position with 15 points collected from 18 games, level on points with Arsenal and recently promoted clubs Southampton and Manchester City but with a superior goal average. Then, at the bottom end of the standings, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, Aston Villa, and Newcastle United were all locked on 13 points from 18 fixtures, while Blackpool were last with 10 points from the same amount of encounters. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Bobby Noble, Tony Dunne, David Sadler, Paddy Crerand, Nobby Stiles, George Best, Bobby Charlton, David Herd, Denis Law, John Aston Junior. Substitutes: None. Sunderland Team: Jimmy Montgomery, Charlie Hurley, Cecil Irwin, Len Ashurst, George Herd, Dave Elliott, George Kinnell, Jim Baxter, Neil Martin, John O’Hare, George Mulhall. Substitute: John Parke.