Man City 3 Man United 0

Ted MacDougall

Man­chester City 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 0, Maine Road, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Nov­ember 18, 1972. Af­ter beat­ing Liver­pool 2-0 at Old Traf­ford in their pre­vi­ous mat­ch, Man­chester Uni­ted put in a lack­a­dais­ic­al per­form­ance the fol­low­ing week as they lost 3-0 to The Cit­izens at Maine Road.

Man­chester City raced in­to an early ad­vant­age af­ter on­ly sev­en min­utes when Al­ex Step­ney failed to hold a cor­ner from Mi­ke Summber­bee and Co­lin Bell was on hand to put the ball in­to the net, but the ex­per­i­enced goal­keeper re­deemed him­self shortly af­ter­wards when he made a mag­ni­fi­cent save from a Fran­cis Lee over­head-kick. The Man­chester City play­ers claimed the ball was over the line, but the ref­er­ee just waved the play on. Man­chester City kept up their at­tack­ing ef­forts af­ter the in­ter­val and the hosts came clo­se to scor­ing on sev­er­al oc­ca­sions as the sec­ond ha­lf wore on. Wi­th the mat­ch ap­proach­ing the clos­ing sta­ges, Man­chester Uni­ted had a great chan­ce to equal­ise when for­mer AFC Bourne­mouth stri­ker Ted Mac­dou­gall met a good cross from Ian Storey-Moore, but his head­er went over the bar, and in­stead it was the ho­me si­de who doubled their lead thro­ugh an own goal from Mar­tin Bu­chan in the 82nd min­ute. But the ga­me was not quite fin­ished yet and Man­chester City sco­red a third goal three min­utes la­ter as Bell took ad­vant­age of an­oth­er mis­take by the Man­chester Uni­ted de­fence to force the ball ho­me from on­ly a few yards out wi­th five min­utes re­maining on the clock. Man­chester City Te­am: Joe Cor­rigan, Wil­lie Don­ach­ie, Co­lin Bar­rett, Derek Jef­fries, To­ny Book, Mi­ke Doyle, To­ny Tow­ers, Co­lin Bell, Fran­cis Lee, Rod­ney Marsh, Mi­ke Sum­mer­bee. Sub­stitutes: Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am. Al­ex Step­ney, Tom­my O’Neil, To­ny Dun­ne, Da­vid Sad­ler, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Bob­by Charl­ton, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Wyn Dav­ies, Ted Mac­Dou­gall, Ian Storey-Moore, Ge­orge Best. Sub­sti­tute: Bri­an Kidd.


Manchester United Quickfacts

The Reds failed to win any of their nine open­ing en­coun­ters of the 1972-73 campaign.


Man­chester Uni­ted Ten Pre­vi­ous Matches

1972-73 Sea­son:

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Der­by Coun­ty 0

Shef­field Uni­ted 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0

Bris­tol Rov­ers 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1

West Brom­wich Al­bion 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Bris­tol Rov­ers 2

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Birm­ing­ham 0

New­castle Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 4

Lei­cester City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Liver­pool 0

Man­ager: Frank O´Farrell

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