Manchester U 3 Leicester 2

Denis Law

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Lei­cester City 2, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, May 17, 1969. Man­chester Uni­ted edged out Frank O´Farrell´s Lei­cester City by a 3-2 score on ho­me soil cour­tesy of a goal each from Ge­orge Best, Wil­lie Mor­gan, and De­nis Law. The res­ult meant that The Fil­berts were re­leg­ated to the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion af­ter spend­ing twelve sea­sons in the top-flight of Eng­lish football.

Re­leg­a­tion threat­ened Lei­cester City wor­ked them­selves in­to an early lead as Da­vid Nish put the ball pa­st Man­chester Uni­ted shot stop­per Jim­my Rim­mer and in­to the net with­in the fir­st min­ute of the ga­me. The ho­me si­de qui­ckly got their act to­geth­er, tho­ugh, and turned the af­fair com­pletely on its head thro­ugh goals from Ge­orge Best and Wil­lie Mor­gan in the third and fourth min­utes of the en­counter re­spect­ively. Man­chester Uni­ted star­ted on the front foot af­ter the re­start of play and stret­ched their ad­vant­age thanks to De­nis Law who fou­nd the back of the net two min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf of the clash. The East Mid­landers had some re­newed hope when Rod­ney Fern be­at Rim­mer in the 71st min­ute of ac­tion, but wi­th no more goals the mat­ch fin­ished 3-2 to The Reds. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Jim­my Rim­mer, Shay Bren­nan, Fran­cis Burns, Pad­dy Cre­rand, Bill Foulk­es, Nob­by Sti­les, Ge­orge Best, Bob­by Charl­ton, De­nis Law, Bri­an Kidd, Wil­lie Mor­gan. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Lei­cester City Te­am: Pe­ter Shilton, Da­vid Nish, Pe­ter Rodrig­ues, Alan Wool­lett, Gra­ham Cross, Mal­colm Man­ley, Len Glo­ver, Rod­ney Fern, Andy Loch­head, Dave Gib­son, Al­lan Clarke. Sub­sti­tute: Paul Matthews.


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Man­chester Uni­ted out­classed Fir­st Di­vi­sion new boys Lei­cester City by 4-0 score in front of a crowd of al­most 42,000 people at Old Traf­ford on the 21st of Dec­ember 1957 cour­tesy of a sec­ond-ha­lf brace from Fal­low­field born for­ward Den­nis Vi­ol­let and a goal apiece by Bob­by Charl­ton and Al­bert Scanlon.


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