Manchester U 5 Newcastle 0

Gordon Strachan

Man­chester Uni­ted 5 New­castle Uni­ted 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Sep­tember 8, 1984. Man­chester Uni­ted gain­ed their fir­st vic­tory of the 1984-85 sea­son as they trashed New­castle Uni­ted 5-0 cour­tesy of a couple of goals from Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al Gor­don Stra­chan and a goal each by Remi Moses, Jes­per Olsen, and Ma­rk Hug­hes.

Man­chester Uni­ted had drawn ag­ainst Wat­ford, South­ampton, Ips­wich To­wn, and Chel­sea in their four open­ing fix­tures of the sea­son, where­as Fir­st Di­vi­sion new­comers New­castle Uni­ted had beaten Lei­cester City, Shef­field Wed­nesday, and As­ton Vil­la, and suf­fered de­feat ag­ainst Arsen­al. Man­chester Uni­ted had their open­ing goal when for­mer Blyth Spartans de­fender Ste­ve Car­ney lost the ball to Dan­ish in­ter­na­tion­al wing­er Jes­per Olsen who stormed in­to the eight­een-yard area and roun­ded away shot stop­per Kev­in Carr to put the ball in­to the empty net wi­th just one min­ute re­maining of the fir­st frame. Three min­utes af­ter the ha­lf time break, the in­spired ho­me te­am were awar­ded a pen­alty fol­low­ing a some­what heavy chal­lenge from New­castle right full­back Mal­colm Bro­wn on Ar­thur Al­bis­ton in­side the box, and Scot­tish mid­field ter­ri­er Gor­don Stra­chan con­ver­ted the sub­sequent spot kick to double the ad­vant­age for the hosts. And twelve min­utes la­ter, North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al Nor­man White­side sent a fine thro­ugh ball to Ma­rk Hug­hes who calmly slot­ted the ball be­tween the New­castle cus­todi­an and the right post to make it 3-0 to Man­chester Uni­ted, and, on 72 min­utes, The Reds had their fourth goal of the af­ter­noon when a clev­er pass from Olsen was col­lec­ted by the on­rush­ing Remi Moses who out­man­oeuvred the over­worked goal­keeper to score. The Old Traf­ford club con­tin­ued to at­tack, and Stra­chan com­pleted his double in the 75th min­ute of play when he latched onto a long ball from Moses and fou­nd the net wi­th a con­trolled fin­ish to re­gister the fi­nal goal of the con­test. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ga­ry Bai­ley, Kev­in Mor­an, Graeme Hogg, Mi­ke Dux­bury, Ar­thur Al­bis­ton, Remi Moses, Gor­don Stra­chan, Bry­an Rob­son, Ma­rk Hug­hes, Nor­man White­side, Jes­per Olsen. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. New­castle Uni­ted Te­am: Kev­in Carr, Mal­colm Bro­wn, John Ry­an, Ste­ve Car­ney, Glenn Roeder, Wes­ley Saun­ders, Neil Mc­Donald, Da­vid Mc­Creery, Chris Waddle, Ken­ny Whar­ton, Pe­ter Beard­s­ley. Sub­sti­tute: John An­der­son.

 

Gordon Strachan Quickfacts

Gor­don Stra­chan hit 19 goals in 56 ga­mes for Man­chester Uni­ted in the 1984-85 sea­son.

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