Man United 2 Sheff United 0
Manchester United 2 Sheffield United 0, Old Trafford, English Football League First Division, December 27, 1966. Manchester United comfortably defeated Sheffield United 2-0 before a 60,000 crowd at Old Trafford on Boxing Day 1967 thanks to a goal each from Paddy Crerand and David Herd.
Manchester United had suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Boxing Day 1966, but The Reds extracted revenge on this occasion, beating The Blades 2-0 at Old Trafford. Scotland international Paddy Crerand scored one his rare goals for Manchester United as the experienced midfield enforcer unleashed an astonishing shot from some thirty yards out past Sheffield United netminder Alan Hodgkinson and into the goal ten minutes ahead of the half-time break. Manchester United ultimately doubled their advantage on the hour mark when David Herd, anothr Scotland player, found the back of the net after receiving a brilliant through pass from World Cup winner Bobby Charlton. John Aston did have the ball in the net later in the second period, but it was ruled out for a foul and the match finished with no further goals. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Bill Foulkes, Bobby Noble, Anthony Dunne, Paddy Crerand, Bobby Charlton, David Sadler, John Aston Junior, Denis Law, David Herd, George Best. Substitutes: None. Sheffield United Team: Alan Hodgkinson, Bernard Shaw, Leonard Badger, Frank Barlow, Reginald Matthewson, Ken Mallender, Anthony Wagstaff, Alan Birchenall, Barry Wagstaff, Alan Woodward, Mick Jones. Substitutes: None.
Paddy Crerand Quickfacts
Paddy Crerand recorded his first goal for Manchester United when he hit a 82nd minute winner in a 3-2 FA Cup Third Round triumph over Southampton at The Dell on the 4th of January 1964.