Man United 1 Sheff United 0

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Shef­field Uni­ted 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion Di­vi­sion, April 20, 1968. Fir­st Di­vi­sion lead­ers Man­chester Uni­ted emer­ged 1-0 vic­tors ag­ainst re­leg­a­tion threat­ened Shef­field Uni­ted cour­tesy of an early goal from Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al stri­ker De­nis Law.

Goal­keeper Al­ex Step­ney and mid­field com­batant Nob­by Sti­les were bo­th back in the Man­chester Uni­ted te­am af­ter sit­ting out a com­fort­able 3-0 win over Ful­ham at Old Traf­ford just five days earli­er. The Cot­tagers had be­en strug­gling all sea­son and proved to be no mat­ch for The Reds who took the lead when Bob­by Charl­ton burst for­ward and fired a rock­et of a shot pa­st away net­mind­er Ian Sey­mour and in­to the goal in the twelfth min­ute of play. And as the ga­me pro­gressed, Ge­orge Best doubled the ad­vant­age for the vis­it­ing out­fit as he be­at Sey­mour from a dif­fi­cult angle ten min­utes ahead of the ha­lf-time break. Man­chester Uni­ted con­tin­ued their dom­in­a­tion fol­low­ing the re­start and the hosts had their third goal of the day when John As­ton con­ver­ted a bril­liant cross from Best wi­th four min­utes left on the clock. Man­chester Uni­ted got off to an equally good start ag­ainst Shef­field Uni­ted as De­nis Law be­at Bramall Lane shot stop­per Alan Hodg­kinson in the fifth min­ute of ac­tion, but in­stead of build­ing on their early lead the ho­me si­de al­lowed the vis­it­ors to come at them and were lucky to win the en­counter. Un­for­tu­nately, Best had picked up a minor leg in­jury dur­ing train­ing ahead of the clash wi­th The Blades and the usu­ally dan­ger­ous for­ward seemed out of sorts for most of the af­ter­noon. The nar­row 1-0 tri­umph over Shef­field Uni­ted non­ethe­less en­sured that Man­chester Uni­ted re­mained top of the Fir­st Di­vi­sion ta­ble wi­th 54 points col­lec­ted from 39 ga­mes played, one point in front of sec­ond pla­ced Leeds Uni­ted and two points ahead of neigh­bours and rivals Man­chester City who were sit­ting in third spot. Shef­field Uni­ted, for their part, now fou­nd them­selves alarm­ingly clo­se to the re­leg­a­tion zone, just above 21st po­si­tioned Sto­ke City on goal av­er­age. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Shay Bren­nan, To­ny Dun­ne, Pad­dy Cre­rand, Da­vid Sad­ler, Nob­by Sti­les, Ge­orge Best, Bob­by Charl­ton, De­nis Law, Bri­an Kidd, John As­ton. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Shef­field Uni­ted Te­am: Alan Hodg­kinson, Da­vid Munks, Ken Mal­lender, Bern­ard Shaw, Len Badger, Frank Bar­low, Tho­mas Fenoughty, To­ny Cur­rie , Gil Reece, Wil­lie Carlin, Alan Wood­ward. Sub­stitutes: None.

 

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De­fend­ing Foot­ball Lea­gue Cham­pi­ons Man­chester Uni­ted be­at Shef­field Uni­ted 2-1 be­fore a 14,000 crowd at Bank Street on the 10th of Oct­ober 1908 thro­ugh a brace from wing-ha­lf Al­ex Bell.

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