Manchester U 4 Coventry 1
Manchester United 4 Coventry City 1 Old Trafford, English Football League First Division, April 21, 1984. Following an uneventful goalless draw against Watford at Vicarage Road just four days earlier, Manchester United bounced back with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Coventry City at Old Trafford.
First Division title contenders Manchester United almost went into the lead early on as a right-sided cross from Ray Wilkins was headed inches wide of the post by Frank Stapleton. And moments later, the men wearing red shirts came close again when a dangerous left-footed shot from Wilkins forced Coventry City goalkeeper Perry Suckling into a spectacular diving save. With the game approaching half-time at Old Trafford, Manchester United finally broke the defensive deadlock thanks to Mark Hughes who took full advantage of some slack defending by the visitors to hammer home in the 41st minute of play. The Reds resumed their domination after the break and went 3-0 up with two goals in quick succession from Paul McGrath and Wilkins in the 52nd and 60th minutes of action respectively. The Sky Blues refused to give in and reduced the arrears through a goal by ex-Manchester United midfielder Gerry Daly in the 73rd minute, but when Hughes found the net for a second time with a ferocious low shot from inside the area four minutes later the match was more or less over. Manchester United Team: Gary Bailey, Arthur Albiston, Kevin Moran, Ray Wilkins, Paul McGrath, Graeme Hogg, Mike Duxbury, Remi Moses, Frank Stapleton, Mark Hughes, Arthur Graham. Substitute: Norman Whiteside. Coventry City Team: Perry Suckling, Micky Adams, Steve Jacobs, Ian Butterworth, Sam Allardyce, Nicky Platnauer, Ashley Grimes, Gerry Daly, Mick Ferguson, Micky Gynn, David Bennett. Substitute: Terry Gibson.