Manchester U 0 Coventry 1
Manchester United 0 Coventry City 1, Old Trafford, English Football League First Division, September 9, 1972. Frank O´Farrell´s struggling Manchester United side suffered a narrow, but disappointing, 1-0 defeat at the hands of Coventry City in front of a crowd of only 37,000 people at Old Trafford.
Manchester United were still without a win in the First Division and badly needed two points against Coventry City. Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, and Ian Storey-Moore all had chances to score in the first half, but failed to beat Highfield Road goalkeeper Bill Glazier. Instead, it was The Sky Blues who found the net when Scotland international Willie Carr took advantage of a hesitant Manchester United defence to produce the only goal of the game ten minutes into the second period. As a consequence of the defeat against Coventry, Manchester United now found themselves at the very bottom of the First Division table with just four points gained from seven matches played. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Tommy O’Neil, Martin Buchan, Steve James, David Sadler, John Fitzpatrick, George Best, Sammy McIlroy, Denis Law, Bobby Charlton, Ian Storey-Moore. Substitute: Tony Young. Coventry City Team: Bill Glazier, Mick Coop, Wilf Smith, Chris Cattlin, Roy Barry, Jeff Blockley, Willie Carr, Ernie Machin, Billy Rafferty, Dennis Mortimer, Quintin Young. Substitutes: None.
Manchester United were held to an unexpected 1-1 draw by Coventry City, then playing in the Southern Football League, in an FA Cup First Round fixture at Old Trafford on the 11th of January 1913.