Manchester U 2 Liverpool 1
Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1, Old Trafford, English Football League First Division, April 5, 1980. Second placed Manchester United came from behind to edge out Liverpool 2-1 in front of a 57,000 crowd at Old Trafford. Kenny Dalglish provided Liverpool with the lead, but goals by Mickey Thomas and Jimmy Greenhoff saw the home side emerge victorious.
Manchester United had opened the 1979-80 campaign on the front foot with four wins from their first six fixtures and were topping the table by mid-September, but then they began dropping points. The Manchester Reds were eventually overtaken by Liverpool after being held to a 1-1 draw by Leeds United at Old Trafford in early December and they slipped further behind in the title race following a 2-0 defeat against Bob Paisley´s team at Anfield on Boxing Day. Manchester United returned to their previous good form as the season went along, however, and they were always in reasonable touch with the Merseysiders. Ahead of the return meeting against Liverpool in early April, Manchester United were sitting in second place and they still had a chance of winning the title if they defeated The Anfielders at Old Trafford. Liverpool began the better, though, as Kenny Dalglish slotted the ball home with a well placed shot in the fourteenth minute of the North West Derby. Manchester United refused to buckle and had their equaliser just five minutes later when Steve Coppell crossed for the on-running Mickey Thomas who managed to scramble the ball into the back of the net. United pushed hard for a second goal following the break and the winner ultimately arrived three minutes past the hour mark when Joe Jordan nodded a flag-kick on to Jimmy Greenhoff who backheaded the ball into the net. Elsewhere, third placed Ipswich Town defeated Norwich City 4-2 at Portman Road where Scotland international John Wark scored a hat-trick, including a penalty, fourth positioned Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw against Southampton at Highbury, and Aston Villa, in fifth spot, overcame Nottingham Forest by 3-2 at Villa Park. Manchester United Team: Gary Bailey, Arthur Albiston, Jimmy Nicholl, Gordon McQueen, Martin Buchan, Lou Macari, Steve Coppell, Ray Wilkins, Jimmy Greenhoff, Joe Jordan, Mickey Thomas. Substitutes: None. Liverpool Team: Ray Clemence, Alan Hansen, Phil Neal, Alan Kennedy, Phil Thompson, Ray Kennedy, Kenny Dalglish, Terry McDermott, David Johnson, Jimmy Case, Graeme Souness. Substitute: Sammy Lee.
Jimmy Greenhoff Quickfacts
Jimmy Greenhoff kick-started his professional playing career at Leeds United where the striker accumulated 21 Football League goals in 94 appearances under Don Revie. He then had a short spell at Second Division Birmingham City before he joined Division One club Stoke City for a transfer fee of £100,000 at the beginning of the 1969-70 season. After amassing 76 goals in 274 First Division matches for The Potters, Greenhoff was sold to Manchester United for an estimated fee of £120,000 in November 1976.