Everton 2 Manchester U 0
Everton 2 Manchester United 0, Goodison Park, English Football League First Division, August 19, 1972. Bobby Charlton and his men lost their third First Division game in a row as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Everton. John Connolly gave The Toffees the lead early in the first half before Joe Royle hit a second goal for the hosts from the penalty spot with fifteen minutes remaining.
Manchester United´s difficult start to the 1972-73 campaign continued with a disappointing and frustrating 2-0 loss against Everton at Goodison Park. The defeat was, however, but one of several warning signals that something was wrong at the Old Trafford club. Following the early skirmishes, The Evertonians gradually took control of possession and Harry Catterick´s team went ahead in the seventeenth minute as ex-St Johnstone winger John Connolly found the net after a mistake by usually reliable goalkeeper Alex Stepney. Manchester United, who were missing the physical presence of the injured Denis Law, had their opportunities to equalise before the sound of the half-time signal, but their forwards were lethargic in front of goal. The Merseysiders continued their dominance in the second period and the home team ultimately doubled their advantage with fifteen minutes to go as England international striker Joe Royle beat Stepney from the penalty spot. After losing to The Toffeemen, The Reds now found themselves at the very bottom of the First Division table with no points gained from three matches played. Manchester United Football Club were in deep trouble, and Frank O´Farrell knew it. Everton Team: David Lawson, Henry Newton, Tommy Wright, Howard Kendall, Steve Seargeant, Mick Lyons, Jimmy Husband, Mike Bernard, Joe Royle, Colin Harvey, John Connolly. Substitute: None. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Tommy O’Neil, Tony Dunne, Martin Buchan, Steve James David Sadler, Willie Morgan, John Fitzpatrick, Brian Kidd, Georgie Best, Ian Storey-Moore. Substitute: Sammy McIlroy.
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Frank O´Farrell appeared for Cork United, West Ham United, Preston North End, and Weymouth during his active playing career before he went into football management with stints at Weymouth, Torquay United, Leicester City, Manchester United, Cardiff City, and United Arab Emirati outfit Al-Shaab CSC. The Irishman was also the head coach of the Iranian National Football Team from 1974 to 1976. Following his second spell as manager of Torquay United, O´ Farrell worked as a scout for Everton and Bolton Wanderers.