Man United 2 Birmingham 0

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Man­chester Un­ted 2 Birm­ing­ham City 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Jan­uary 31, 1981. Man­chester Uni­ted pro­duced a com­fort­able and work­man­like ho­me vic­tory ag­ainst fel­low mid-ta­blers Birm­ing­ham City. Joe Jor­dan gave Uni­ted the up­per hand af­ter on­ly five min­utes of play be­fore Lou Ma­cari ad­ded a sec­ond goal for the ho­me si­de wi­th sev­en min­utes re­maining of nor­mal time.

Man­chester Uni­ted entered this ga­me on the back of a 2-0 Fir­st Di­vi­sion de­feat ag­ainst re­leg­a­tion threat­ened Sun­der­land at Roker Park, whi­le Birm­ing­ham City had suf­fered a 3-0 loss to sur­prise si­de South­ampton at St Andrew´s in their last Di­vi­sion One fix­ture. Spurred on by the ho­me crowd, The Reds raced in­to the lead when Joe Jor­dan ran onto a long kick from Ga­ry Bai­ley be­fore put­ting the ball un­der Jef­frey Wea­l­ands and in­to the back of the net in the fifth min­ute of the en­counter. The Mid­lands club im­me­di­ately push­ed for­ward in search of an equal­iser and al­most lev­elled the score shortly af­ter­wards as Frank Worthington´s power­ful head­er was well saved by Bai­ley. Man­chester Uni­ted en­joyed sev­er­al de­cent chances to score more goals dur­ing the fir­st ha­lf, but the hosts were waist­ful in­side the pen­alty box. Uni­ted kept on work­ing hard for a sec­ond goal af­ter the break and it duly ar­rived as a good cross from Jim­my Nich­oll fou­nd the in­dus­tri­ous Lou Ma­cari who head­ed the ball ho­me from clo­se ran­ge in the 83rd min­ute of the tussle. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ga­ry Bai­ley, Ar­thur Al­bis­ton, Mi­chael Dux­bury, Gor­don Mc­Queen, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Jim­my Nich­oll, Mickey Tho­mas, Lou Ma­cari, Joe Jor­dan, Garry Birtles, Ste­ve Cop­pell. Sub­sti­tute: Sam­my Mc­Ilroy. Birm­ing­ham City Te­am: Jef­frey Wea­l­ands, Joseph Galla­gh­er, Kevan Broadhurst, Da­vid Lan­gan, Co­lin Todd, Alan Cur­bish­ley, Alan Ain­scow, Kev­in Dillon, Frank Wor­thing­ton, Arch­ie Gem­mill, Keith Bertschin. Sub­sti­tute: Steph­en Lynex.

 

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Man­chester Uni­ted over­came Birm­ing­ham City 3–1 at Old Traf­ford on the 31st of Jan­uary 1976 cour­tesy of a goal each by de­fender Al­ex For­syth and mid­field­ers Lou Ma­cari and Sam­my McIlroy.

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