Man United 2 Newcastle 0
Manchester United 2 Newcastle 0 United 0, Old Trafford Stadium, English Football League First Division, May 13, 1989. Manchester United beat Newcastle United 2-0 in their final game of the 1988-89 season. After a goalless first half, Brian McClair gave the home team the lead on 75 minutes before Bryan Robson scored a second goal with eight minutes left.
Manchester United had spent the majority of the 1988-89 campaign sitting in mid-table and only had pride to play for. Wales international Mark Hughes had the ball in the net in the sixth minute of the tie, only to see his goal ruled out for Brian McClair being offside. Manchester United continued their domination and nearly took the advantage just three minutes later when a headed clearance from a corner-kick fell to Clayton Blackmore, another Welsh international, whose powerful effort made the the crossbar sing. As the first period wore on, Newcastle United came close to scoring on a couple of occasions, but the visitors failed to convert their opportunities. In the second period, Manchester United finally had their opening goal as substitute Mark Robins crossed for McClair who headed home in the 75th minute of the clash and The Reds had their second seven minutes later when Bryan Robson beat Newcastle custodian Tommy Wright with a close range header to hand the hosts a 2-0 victory against The Magpies. Manchester United Team: Jim Leighton, Michael Duxbury, Lee Martin, Mal Donaghy, Steve Bruce, Clayton Blackmore, Russell Beardsmore, Ralph Milne, Brian McClair, Bryan Robson, Mark Hughes. Substitutes: Lee Sharpe, Mark Robins. Newcastle United Team: Tommy Wright, Kenny Sansom, Paul Sweeney, Kevin Scott, Andy Thorn, Glenn Roeder, John Anderson, Kevin Brock, Tony Lormor, Michael O’Neill, David McCreery. Substitutes: Steve Howey, David Roche.
Brian McClair Quickfacts
Brian McClair registered his first hat-trick for Manchester United during a 4-1 First Division triumph against relegation threatened Derby County at Old Trafford on the 2nd of April 1988.