Manchester United 2 Ajax 0

Lou Macari

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Ajax 0, Old Traf­ford, UEFA Cup Fir­st Ro­und Sec­ond Leg, Septem­ber 29, 1976. Man­chester Uni­ted over­came Ajax Am­s­ter­dam 2-0 on ho­me soil to win 2-1 on ag­greg­ate. Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al Lou Ma­cari notched up the open­ing goal af­ter 42 min­utes of ac­tion be­fore North­ern Ire­land mid­fielder Sam­my Mc­Ilroy ad­ded a sec­ond for the hosts in the 65th min­ute of the mid­week fixture.

Man­chester Uni­ted entered the meet­ing wi­th Dutch Ere­divis­ie top-dogs Ajax on the back of a mor­ale-boost­ing 3-1 vic­tory ag­ainst neigh­bouring Man­chester City at Maine Road and Tom­my Docherty´s boys were brim­ming wi­th con­fid­ence from the be­gin­ning. Wi­th the the fir­st ha­lf clos­ing in, the de­fens­ive dead­lock was ul­ti­mately broken three min­utes ahead of the break when Lou Ma­cari fou­nd the net from clo­se ran­ge af­ter Ajax and Neth­er­lands in­ter­na­tion­al goal­keeper Piet Schrij­vers had failed to hold a fierce shot from Gor­don Hill. Man­chester Uni­ted kept up the pres­sure fol­low­ing the re­start of play and the sec­ond goal of the even­ing came five min­utes pa­st the hour ma­rk as Sam­my Mc­Ilroy fin­ished off an at­tack by ham­mer­ing ho­me from six yards out. As time sped on, Hill came clo­se to scor­ing a third goal, but his at­tempt was well bloc­ked by Schrij­vers. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Jim­my Nich­oll, Stew­art Hou­s­ton, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Bri­an Green­hoff, Ger­ry Da­ly, Ste­ve Cop­pell, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy, Lou Ma­cari, Da­vid Mc­Creery, Gor­don Hill. Sub­stitutes: Ste­ve Pa­ter­son, Ar­thur Al­bis­ton. Ajax Te­am: Piet Schrij­vers, Bar­ry Hulshoff, Pim van Dord, Ruud Krol, Rene Not­ten, Johnny Dus­baba, Frank Arne­sen, Tsch­eu La Ling, Ruud Geels, Josko Gluic, Hans Erkens. Sub­sti­tute: Geert Meijer.

 

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Man­chester Uni­ted out­classed re­cently re­leg­ated Dutch Eer­ste Di­vis­ie club Willem II Tilburg 6-1 in the fir­st ro­und sec­ond leg of the UEFA Euro­pean Cup Win­ners´ Cup at Old Traf­ford on the 15th of Oct­ober 1963. United´s start­ing el­ev­en on that day were Harry Gregg, Bill Foulk­es, To­ny Dun­ne, Noel Can­t­well, Mau­rice Set­ters, Pad­dy Cre­rand, Bob­by Charl­ton, Al­bert Quix­all, De­nis Law, Da­vid Herd, and Phil Chisnall.

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