Manchester U 3 Arsenal 1
Manchester United 3 Arsenal 1, Anfield Stadium, English Football League, August 20, 1971. After beating Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge two days earlier, Manchester United defeated reigning First Division champions and FA Cup holders Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield to go top of the First Division table.
This match was staged at Anfield due to Manchester United being banned from playing at home after fans had thrown knives into the away section at a game at the end of the 1970-71 campaign. The North London team began on the front foot and took an early lead thanks to an effort from Frank McLintock in the fourth minute of the encounter, only for Manchester United to equalise when a Bobby Charlton free-kick was lobbed to Alan Gowling who put the ball past Bob Wilson ten minutes before half-time. The Manchester Reds eventually went ahead in the contest as Charlton curled a free-kick around the Arsenal wall and into the left-hand corner of the net on 78 minutes and then wrapped up a 3-1 victory through a late goal from Brian Kidd in the 89th minute. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Tony Dunne, Steve James, David Sadler, Tommy O’Neil, Bobby Charlton, George Best, Willie Morgan, Brian Kidd, Alan Gowling, Denis Law, Willie Morgan. Substitute: John Aston. Arsenal Team: Bob Wilson, Pat Rice, Bob McNab, Peter Simpson, Frank McLintock, Peter Storey, George Armstrong, Eddie Kelly, John Radford, Ray Kennedy, George Graham. Substitutes: None.
Bobby Charlton Quickfacts
Evergreen veteran and club stalwart Bobby Charlton accumulated 12 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions under new Manchester United boss Frank O´Farrell during the 1971-72 season.
Manchester United Previous Ten Matches
Manchester United 1 Derby County 2
Manchester United 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0
Coventry City 2 Manchester United 1
Manchester United 0 Liverpool 2
Manchester United 3 Ipswich Town 2
Blackpool 1 Manchester United 1
Manchester City 3 Manchester United 4
Derby County 2 Manchester United 2
Chelsea 2 Manchester United 3
Manager: Frank O´Farrell