Manchester Utd 1 Soton 0
Manchester United 1 Southampton 0, Villa Park, English FA Cup Semi-Final, April 27, 1963. After defeating Third Division club Coventry City by three goals to one at Highfield Road in the quarter-finals, Manchester United beat Second Division side Southampton by a goal to nil at Villa Park through a close range effort by Denis Law in the twenty-second minute.
The Mancunians had previously won the FA Cup in 1908-09 and 1947-48, while Southampton had been finalist in 1899-1900 and 1901-02. At Villa Park in Birmingham, Manchester United enjoyed several decent scoring opportunities to take the lead early in the first frame, but The Reds failed to capitalise on their chances. United kept up the pressure as the half unfolded and Matt Busby´s lads finally went ahead twenty-two minutes into the game when Denis Law converted a well-delivered cross by Republic of Ireland international Johnny Giles. The Scottish marksman had the ball in the net two more times before the half-time break, but both goals were disallowed by the match official. The South Coast outfit worked hard for an equaliser during the second period of the contest, only to be denied by Manchester United shot stopper David Gaskell on each and every occasion. With the one-nil win over Saints, United would now face fellow First Division side Leicester City in the final. Manchester United Team: David Gaskell, Noel Cantwell, Tony Dunne, Bill Foulkes, Paddy Crerand, Johnny Giles, Nobby Stiles, Maurice Setters, David Herd, Bobby Charlton, Denis Law. Substitutes: None. Southampton Team: Ron Reynolds, Stuart Williams, Tommy Traynor, Tony Knapp, Cliff Huxford, Ken Wimshurst, George O’Brien, David Burnside, George Kirby, Terry Paine, John Sydenham. Substitutes: None.
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Manchester United, then named Newton Heath, beat Soton 3-1 in an FA Cup Second Round Replay at Bank Street on the 17th of February 1897, with a Willie Bryant brace and a goal by Joe Cassidy.