Everton 3 Manchester U 0
Everton 3 Manchester United 0, Goodison Park, English Football League First Division, November 21, 1978. Manchester continued their inconsistent form with a 3-0 away loss against Everton.
Manchester United shot stopper Gary Bailey endured a tough day between the sticks as he got badly burned in his away baptism of fire against Everton. The Merseysiders began the game aggressively and grabbed themselves an early lead thanks to a goal from Scotland U21 international Trevor Ross after a mere four minutes of action at Goodison Park. Spurred on by a 42,000 crowd, the home side kept on applying pressure and added a second goal to their tally when Andy King, a bargain £35,000 buy from Second Division club Luton Town, sent an effort beyond the reach of Bailey and into the net a couple of minutes before the half-time signal. Following the interval, the men in blue shirts controlled most of the play in the second half of the contest and eventually rounded off the scoring with a trademark goal from Three Lions forward Bob Latchford in the 82nd minute. The result saw Manchester United drop down to the eighth spot of the First Division with 16 points gained from 14 matches, the same as seventh-placed Manchester City, but with an inferior goal difference. Everton, for their part, remained in second place with 22 points taken from 14 games, two points behind leaders and rivals Liverpool. Everton Team: George Wood, Mike Pejic, Billy Wright, Mick Lyons, Colin Todd, Martin Dobson, Andy King, Trevor Ross, Bob Latchford, Micky Walsh, David Thomas. Substitute: Geoff Nulty. Manchester United Team: Gary Bailey, Arthur Albiston, Stewart Houston, Martin Buchan, Gordon McQueen, Brian Greenhoff, Steve Coppell, Tom Sloan, Jimmy Greenhoff, Joe Jordan, Sammy McIlroy. Substitute: Lou Macari.