Manchester Utd 4 Derby 0

Martin Buchan

Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Der­by Coun­ty 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Jan­uary 21, 1978. Man­chester Uni­ted, who came fresh from a 2-1 away win ag­ainst Ips­wich To­wn, de­mol­ished Tom­my Docherty´s Der­by Coun­ty 4-0 at ho­me thanks to a fir­st ha­lf brace by Gor­don Hill and sec­ond pe­riod goals from Stu­art Pear­son and Mar­tin Buchan. 

Man­chester Uni­ted had beaten Ever­ton, Lei­cester City, and Ips­wich To­wn, and lost ag­ainst Cov­entry City, and Birm­ing­ham City in their pre­vi­ous five Fir­st Di­vi­sion en­coun­ters, where­as Der­by Coun­ty had over­come Cov­entry City, drawn ag­ainst Queens Park Ran­gers and Not­ting­ham For­est, and be­en beaten by As­ton Vil­la and Ips­wich To­wn. At Old Traf­ford, Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al de­fender Mar­tin Bu­chan sco­red of his rare goals for Man­chester Uni­ted as Dave Sexton´s si­de de­feated The Rams by a com­pre­hens­ive 4-0 mar­gin. Uni­ted rushed in­to the lead thro­ugh an early clo­se ran­ge goal by Gor­don Hill in the sixth min­ute of the con­test and the in­dus­tri­ous flank­man ad­ded a sec­ond when he coolly con­ver­ted from the pen­alty spot two min­utes be­fore the ha­lf-hour ma­rk. Stu­art Pear­son then net­ted a third goal for Man­chester Uni­ted in the 70th min­ute as he head­ed ho­me a cross by Hill be­fore Bu­chan un­leashed an un­stoppable ef­fort pa­st Der­by shot stop­per John Middleton and in­to the back of the net two min­utes from time to make the fi­nal score 4-0 in fa­vour of the hosts. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Pad­dy Roche, Stew­art Hou­s­ton, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Jim­my Nich­oll, Ar­thur Al­bis­ton, Gor­don Hill, Lou Ma­cari, Ste­ve Cop­pell, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy, Stu­art Pear­son, Jim­my Green­hoff. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Der­by Coun­ty Te­am: John Middleton, Ste­ven Buckley, Pe­ter Dan­iel, Da­vid Lan­gan, Ste­ve Pow­ell, Ger­ry Da­ly, Bru­ce Ri­och, Don Mas­son, Terry Cur­ran, Ger­ry Ry­an, Char­lie Ge­orge. Sub­sti­tute: Paul Bartlett.


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Mar­tin Bu­chan made his Fir­st Di­vi­sion de­but for Man­chester Uni­ted in a 3-1 loss to Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur at White Hart Lane on the 4th of Mar­ch 1972 and pro­ceeded to play 456 ga­mes for the team. 


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