Manchester U 3 Everton 1
Manchester United 3 Everton 1, Old Trafford, English Football League First Division, December 16, 1967. League Division One leaders and reigning champions Manchester United comfortably defeated Everton 3-1 on home soil courtesy of a goal each from David Sadler, Denis Law, and John Aston.
Manchester United had succumbed to a 3-1 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park on the opening Saturday of the 1967-68 campaign and had the revenge they wanted when they beat the boys in blue with the same scoreline in the reverse meeting on the 16th of December. Before a season record crowd of 61,000 spectators at Old Trafford, Matt Busby´s United played themselves into an early lead in the third minute as Denis Law, who was back from suspension, found David Sadler whose fierce header left Everton shot stopper Gordon West no chance to save. The Reds increased their advantage thanks to a goal from John Aston in the 52nd minute of action and the home team effectively put the match beyond the reach of The Toffeemen when Law scored four minutes past the hour mark. There was still time for a consolation goal, though, as Alex Young, also known as The Golden Vision, managed to find the back of the net for the visitors from Liverpool with fifteen minutes remaining on the referee´s watch. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Tony Dunne, Francis Burns, Paddy Crerand, Bill Foulkes, David Sadler, George Best, Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, Brian Kidd, John Aston. Substitutes: None. Everton Team: Gordon West, John Hurst, Tommy Wright, Ray Wilson, Brian Labone, Howard Kendall, Colin Harvey, Alan Ball, Joe Royle, Johnny Morrissey, Alex Young. Substitutes: None.
David Sadler Quickfacts
A well-rounded and highly versatile performer, David Sadler accumulated 52 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United in the 1967-68 season, contributing six goals in the process.