Man United 1 Sheff United 2

Lou Macari

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Shef­field Uni­ted 2, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Dec­ember 26, 1973. Man­chester Uni­ted suc­cumbed to a 2-1 de­feat at the hands of Shef­field Uni­ted on Box­ing Day 1973 in what was Ge­orge Best´s pen­ul­tim­ate ga­me at Old Traf­ford. Lou Ma­cari gave the hosts the up­per hand early on, but goals by To­ny Cur­rie and Alan Wood­ward saw the vis­it­ors emerge victorious.

Fol­low­ing de­feats ag­ainst Cov­entry City and Liver­pool, Man­chester Uni­ted con­tin­ued their poor form wi­th a 1-0 loss to Shef­field Uni­ted on Box­ing day 1973. Lou Ma­cari head­ed The Reds in front af­ter a mere sev­en min­utes, on­ly for Eng­land U23 in­ter­na­tion­al To­ny Cur­rie to equal­ise for The Blades in the 26th min­ute, and in the sec­ond pe­riod Alan Wood­ward fin­ished off a counter-at­tack to make it 2-1 to the vis­it­ing si­de wi­th some fif­teen min­utes re­maining of the mat­ch. Man­chester Uni­ted tried des­per­ately to level the score dur­ing the clos­ing sta­ges, but were denied by for­mer Old Traf­ford shot stop­per John Con­naughton on each and every oc­ca­sion. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Clive Grif­fiths, To­ny Young, Bri­an Green­hoff, Jim Hol­ton, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Ge­orge Gra­ham, Lou Ma­cari, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Ge­orge Best. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Shef­field Uni­ted Te­am: John Con­naughton, Ted Hems­ley, John Flynn, Keith Eddy, Ed­die Colqu­houn, Le­onard Badger, Mick Speight, Ge­off Sal­mons, To­ny Cur­rie, Dave Stan­i­forth, Alan Wood­ward. Sub­sti­tute: Alan Ogden.


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Man­chester Uni­ted be­at Shef­field Uni­ted 4-0 at ho­me on the 7th of Dec­ember 1912.


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