Manchester United 2 Bury 0

Sir Alex Ferguson

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Bury 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup Third Ro­und, Oct­ober 28, 1998. Al­ex Ferguson´s lads need­ed ex­tra time to be­at Bury and reach the fourth ro­und of the Lea­gue Cup. Af­ter a goal­less ninety min­utes, Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer han­ded Uni­ted the lead on 106 min­utes be­fore Er­ik Nev­land ad­ded a sec­ond goal in the 115th minute. 

Foun­ded on the 24th of April 1885, Bury had won the FA Cup in 1899-1900 and 1902-03, and the club had fostered tal­en­ted play­ers such as Co­lin Bell, Tom Brad­shaw, Ed­die Colqu­houn, and Char­lie Sagar. The last time that Man­chester Uni­ted and Bury had en­countered each oth­er was on the 5th of Jan­uary 1993 when The Reds over­came The Shakers 2-0 at Old Traf­ford in the third ro­und of the FA Cup thanks to an early fir­st ha­lf goal from Mi­ke Phelan and a late sec­ond ha­lf goal by Keith Gil­lespie. As for the Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup, Man­chester Uni­ted had won the tour­na­ment in 1991-92 when they be­at fel­low Fir­st Di­vi­sion si­de Not­ting­ham For­est 1-0 at Wemb­ley cour­tesy of a goal from Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al Bri­an Mc­Clair in the 14th min­ute of the fi­nal. The Gigg Lane out­fit, mean­while, had rea­ched the Lea­gue Cup semi fi­nals in 1962-63, on­ly to be knock­ed out 4-3 on ag­greg­ate by Di­vi­sion One out­fit Birm­ing­ham City who went on to win the com­pet­i­tion. In front of a crowd of over 52,000 people at Old Traf­ford, Uni­ted dom­in­ated the Wor­thing­ton Cup tie from from the very start, but bo­th of the te­ams failed to break the dead­lock in nor­mal time and the mat­ch went in­to ex­tra time. Man­chester Uni­ted ul­ti­mately took the lead in the 106th min­ute when Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer un­leashed a low shot from just out­side the pen­alty area which flew in off the left post, and nine min­utes la­ter in the ga­me Eng­land U21 de­fender Wes Bro­wn de­livered an ex­cel­lent long ball to Phil Mulryne re­place­ment Er­ik Nev­land who be­at Bury goal­keeper Dean Kiely wi­th a clo­se ran­ge ef­fort to make the fi­nal score 2-0 to the hosts.

Born and bred in the oil city of Stavanger, Er­ik Nev­land had star­ted out wi­th loc­ally based te­am Vik­ing be­fore the tal­en­ted for­ward mo­ved on to Man­chester Uni­ted at the be­gin­ning of the 1997-98 cam­paign. He made his fir­st ap­pear­ance for Man­chester Uni­ted in a 2-0 de­feat to Ips­wich To­wn at Port­man Road in the Lea­gue Cup Third Ro­und on the 14th of Oct­ober 1997, and was han­ded his Pre­mier Lea­gue de­but by Al­ex Fer­guson when he took the field as a sec­ond ha­lf sub­sti­tute for Ga­ry Ne­ville in a 1-0 de­feat ag­ainst South­ampton at The Dell on the 19th of Jan­uary 1998. But wi­th com­pet­i­tion for places in the fir­st te­am el­ev­en strong, Nev­land struggled for a reg­u­lar berth and he was shipped out on loan to fir­st his for­mer si­de Vik­ing, and then to Swedish Pre­mier Lea­gue club IFK Gothen­burg. Af­ter fail­ing to es­tab­lish him­self at Uni­ted, he made his re­turn to Vik­ing mid­way thro­ugh the 1999-2000 sea­son and would la­ter pro­vide ster­ling ser­vice to Dutch Ere­divis­ie te­am FC Gronin­gen and Pre­mier Lea­gue Ful­ham be­fore he ended his soc­cer ca­reer wi­th his ori­gin­al club in 2012. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Rai­mond van der Gouw, Hen­ning Berg, Mi­chael Clegg, John Curtis, Da­vid May, Phil Ne­ville, Jon­athan Green­ing, Jordi Cruy­ff, Phil Mulryne, Ma­rk Wil­son, Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer. Sub­stitutes: Wes Bro­wn, Paul Scho­les, Er­ik Nev­land, Ga­ry Ne­ville, Terry Cooke. Bury Te­am: Dean Kiely, Dean Bar­ri­ck, Chris Luck­etti, Andy Wood­ward, Ste­ve Red­mond, Chris Swailes, Nick Daws, Lenny Johnrose, Ma­rk Pat­ter­son, To­ny El­lis, Lau­rent D’­Jaffo. Sub­stitutes: Rob Mat­thews, Lutel Ja­mes, Andy Preece, John Fo­ster, Pad­dy Kenny.


Manchester United Quickfacts

Man­chester Uni­ted, then known as New­ton Heath, and Bury played out a 2-2 draw at Bank Street in Clay­ton in the fir­st ever meet­ing be­tween the two neigh­bouring clubs on the 12th of April 1895.


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