Man United 2 Newcastle 0

Brian McClair

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.


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