Man Utd 2 Swindon Town 1

Swin­don To­wn, who had knock­ed out Wolver­hampton Wan­derers and Queens Park Ran­gers to reach the third ro­und of the Lea­gue Cup, had a few chances early on, but The Robins were denied by Rai­mond van der Gouw in the Man­chester Uni­ted goal. The Pre­mier Lea­gue te­am ul­ti­mately broke the de­fens­ive dead­lock in the 19th min­ute when Karel Pobor­sky re­ceived a thro­ugh ball from Paul Scho­les be­fore put­ting the ball pa­st Swin­don shot stop­per Frank Talia and in­to the bot­tom right cor­ner of the net. Sev­en min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf, Pe­ter Thorne lev­elled the score for Swin­don, but Man­chester Uni­ted had the last word as Scho­les fou­nd the tar­get for the hosts wi­th a low shot that went in off the left-hand post in the 72th min­ute of the tie. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Rai­mond van der Gouw, Ga­ry Ne­ville, Chris Casper, Da­vid May, Phil Ne­ville, Mi­chael Ap­pleton, Roy Ke­ane, Bri­an Mc­Clair, Karel Pobor­sky, Paul Scho­les, Ben Thorn­ley. Sub­sti­tute: Si­mon Dav­ies. Swin­don To­wn Te­am: Frank Talia, Ian Cul­ver­house, Fre­d­er­ick Dar­ras, Ga­ry Elkins, Ma­rk Robin­son, Ma­rk Seagraves, Kev­in Hor­lock, Scott Leitch, Way­ne Al­lis­on, Pe­ter Thorne, Ma­rk Wal­ters. Sub­sti­tute: Ste­ve Cowe.

Michael Appleton Quickfacts

Af­ter ma­king just two fir­st te­am ap­pear­ances for Man­chester Uni­ted un­der Al­ex Fer­guson, Mi­chael Ap­pleton was trans­ferred to Pre­ston North End for £500,000 at the start of the 1997–98 season.


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