Manchester U 3 Arsenal 1
Manchester United 3 Arsenal 1, Old Trafford, English Football League First Division, October 18, 1975. Manchester United emerged 3-1 winners against old rivals Arsenal courtesy of a brace by winger Steve Coppell either side of the break and a second half goal from striker Stuart “Pancho” Pearson.
Manchester United had started the 1975-76 campaign on an excellent note and were sitting second in the First Division table ahead of the meeting with Arsenal at Old Trafford. Manchester United worked themselves into the lead when Steve Coppell powered a hard low left-footed shot from outside the penalty area which flew past Arsenal goalkeeper Jimmy Rimmer and into the bottom right corner of the net five minutes past the half-hour mark. The Gunners refused to hang their heads and managed to equalise thanks to a goal from Eddie Kelly in the 39th minute of the game, only for Manchester United to regain their advantage through Stuart Pearson who lashed a venomous effort from just inside the eighteen-yard box past Rimmer and into the net three minutes after the interval. Manchester United kept on going forward and had their third goal of the afternoon when Coppell brilliantly drove the ball into the top left corner of the net from a few yards outside the area eight minutes past the hour mark. After beating Arsenal 3-1 at Old Trafford, Manchester United returned to the top of the table at the expense of Queens Park Rangers who suffered an unexpected 1-0 defeat against relegation battling Burnley at Turf Moor. At the other end of the standings were Sheffield United who went down 2-0 against Stoke City at Bramall Lane. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Stewart Houston, Jimmy Nicholl, Martin Buchan, Brian Greenhoff, Gerry Daly, Steve Coppell, Tommy Jackson, Stuart Pearson, Lou Macari, Sammy McIlroy. Substitutes: None. Arsenal team: Jimmy Rimmer, Sammy Nelson, David O’Leary, Pat Rice, Peter Simpson, Alan Ball, Liam Brady, Alex Cropley, Frank Stapleton, Brian Kidd, Eddie Kelly. Substitutes: None.
Steve Coppell Quickfacts
Steve Coppell amassed thirteen goals in thirty-eight Football League appearances Tranmere Rovers before he was sold to Manchester United for a transfer fee of £40,000 in February 1975.