Liverpool 2 Manchester U 2
Liverpool 2 Manchester United 2, Anfield Stadium, English Football League First Division, September 25, 1971. Manchester United came from being two goals down to rescue an important point against bitter rivals Liverpool at Anfield. The Old Trafford men found themselves 2-0 down by the 24th minute, but second-half goals from Denis Law and Bobby Charlton gave the visiting side a deserved 2-2 draw.
The Anfield team had suffered a close-fought 1-0 loss against 1970-71 runners-up Leeds United at Elland Road in their last League Division One fixture, while early pacesetters Manchester United had soundly defeated mid-tablers West Ham United by a 4-2 margin at Old Trafford. At Anfield, Liverpool raced into a well deserved 1-0 lead after just seven minutes of action when Ian Callaghan fired a powerful shot which deflected off teammate Bobby Graham past Manchester United netminder Alex Stepney and into the goal and, spurred on by The Kop, the Merseysiders soon doubled their advantage through Brian Hall who found the back of the net in the 24th minute of the derby match. Manchester United, who were wearing white shirts, white shorts, and black stockings, started the second period on the front foot and the visitors pulled a goal back eight minutes following the restart as Northern Ireland international George Best laid the ball on a silver plate for Denis Law to volley home, and nineteen minutes later former England player Bobby Charlton hammered the equaliser past Liverpool custodian Ray Clemence to end the tie level at 2-2 after being set up by the Ulsterman.
Elsewhere, First Division table toppers Sheffield United overcame Dave Sexton´s Chelsea 1-0 at Bramall Lane thanks to a first-half goal by Stewart Scullion, Huddersfield Town defeated bitter rivals Leeds United by 2-1 at Leeds Road, Derby County and West Bromwich Albion shared the spoils in a goalless draw at Baseball Ground, Ipswich Town and Newcastle United also drew goalless at Portman Road, reigning champions and double winners Arsenal beat Leicester City 3-0 at Highbury, League Cup holders Tottenham Hotspur lost 1-0 to Coventry City at Highfield Road, Everton succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, while Manchester City trashed Southampton by 3-0 at Maine Road courtesy of one goal each from Colin Bell, Wyn Davies, and Francis Lee. Liverpool Team: Ray Clemence, Ian Ross, Alec Lindsay, Larry Lloyd, Chris Lawler, Emlyn Hughes, Brian Hall, Steve Heighway, Kevin Keegan, Bobby Graham, Ian Callaghan. Substitutes: None. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Steven James, Francis Burns, Tommy O’Neil, David Sadler, Bobby Charlton, Willie Morgan, Alan Gowling, Brian Kidd, Denis Law, George Best. Substitutes: None.
Manchester United Quickfacts
Manchester United only lost two First Division games in the first half of the 1971-72 season, with their two defeats coming against Everton at Goodison Park and Leeds United at Old Trafford.