Man United 3 Newcastle 2
Manchester United 3 Newcastle United 2, Old Trafford, English Football League First Division, September 3, 1966. The Reds beat Newcastle United 3-2 in front of a 45,000 crowd at Old Trafford to gain their third home win in a row. The winner came in the 79th minute through Denis Law who had now scored six goals in the first five matches of the 1966-67 season.
Manchester United continued their excellent start to the 1966-67 campaign as they defeated Newcastle United 3-2 at home courtesy of three second half goals from David Herd, John Connelly, and Denis Law within the space of nineteen minutes. The Old Trafford club dominated possession for large parts of the first period, but the home team struggled to break down the hard working and well organised Newcastle defence and the half ended goalless. Following the restart of play, Manchester United carried on pushing forward and were rewarded on the stroke of the hour-mark as Herd provided the opening goal for the men in red shirts, only for The Magpies to equalise just three minutes later through Ron McGarry. The Manchester United players refused to let their heads drop and, spurred on by the home crowd, the hosts soon regained their advantage when George Best ended a trademark surging run by whipping the ball across the face of goal for Connelly to convert after 68 minutes. Law, who had contributed 24 goals in 49 first team appearances for Manchester United the previous season, then added a third goal for The Reds in the 79th minute of action before offensive oriented right fullback David Craig netted a second for the visitors with four minutes left of normal time. As the clock wound down, Newcastle pressed hard for a leveller, but Matt Busby´s side kept their cool to win the tie by three goals to two. Manchester United Team: Harry Gregg, Shay Brennan, Tony Dunne, Bill Foulkes, Paddy Crerand, Nobby Stiles, George Best, Bobby Charlton, David Herd, John Connelly, Denis Law. Substitutes: None. Newcastle United Team: Gordon Marshall, David Craig, Ollie Burton, Frank Clark, Bill Thompson, Jim Iley, Alan Suddick, Tommy Knox, Dave Hilley, Keith Kettleborough, Ron McGarry. Substitutes: None.
Denis Law Quickfacts
An injury to his knee saw Denis Law miss the European Cup Final against Portuguese giants Benfica in 1968, but the striker won the FA Cup in 1963 and the First Division Championship in 1964-65 and 1966-67. The Lawman also gained 55 senior caps for Scotland, producing 30 goals during the process.