Manchester Utd 4 Spurs 1

Denis Irwin

Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1, Old Traf­ford Sta­dium, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Jan­uary 9, 1993. Man­chester Uni­ted fol­lowed up an im­press­ive 5-0 Pre­miership vic­tory over Cov­entry City wi­th an equally com­pre­hens­ive 4-1 tri­umph ag­ainst Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur. Eric Can­tona, De­nis Ir­win, Bri­an Mc­Clair, and Paul Par­ker all net­ted a goal each for Uni­ted be­fore Nick Barmby ma­naged to score a late con­sol­a­tion for the North Lon­don club.

The FA Pre­mier Lea­gue had be­en formed on the 20th of Feb­ruary 1992 when England´s top clubs broke away from the Foot­ball Lea­gue. The twenty-two in­aug­ur­al mem­bers of the Pre­mier Lea­gue were Ar­senal, As­ton Vil­la, Black­burn Rov­ers, Chel­sea, Cov­entry City, Crys­tal Pal­ace, Ever­ton, Ips­wich To­wn, Leeds Uni­ted, Liver­pool, Man­chester City, Man­chester Uni­ted, Middles­brough, Nor­wich City, Not­ting­ham For­est, Old­ham Ath­let­ic, Queens Park Ran­gers, Shef­field Uni­ted, Shef­field Wed­nesday, South­ampton, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, and Wim­bledon. Man­chester Uni­ted star­ted the 1992-93 cam­paign on the back foot, tho­ugh, wi­th de­feats to Shef­field Uni­ted and Ever­ton re­spect­ively be­fore draw­ing to Ips­wich To­wn. A win over South­ampton in late Au­gust then kicked off a five-mat­ch win­ning streak which was fol­lowed by a five-ga­me draw­ing streak, which in turn was fol­lowed by a two-fix­ture los­ing streak. How­ever, af­ter win­ning five of their next sev­en ga­mes, Al­ex Ferguson´s men went top of the Pre­miership ta­ble for the fir­st time of the sea­son in late December.

Pre­mier Lea­gue lead­ers Man­chester Uni­ted had sev­er­al early scor­ing op­por­tun­it­ies, but the hosts were denied by Tot­ten­ham shot stop­per Er­ik Thor­stvedt. The Reds fi­nally got them­selves in front five min­utes ahead of the break when De­nis Ir­win cros­sed for Eric Can­tona who pla­ced his head­er bey­ond the phys­ic­al reach of Thor­stvedt and in­to the far top cor­ner of the net. Fol­low­ing the in­ter­val, Can­tona and Ir­win swapped roles sev­en min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf as the stri­ker turned pro­vider for the de­fender, who­se un­stoppable shot from in­side the pen­alty area flew in­to the back of the net. And the goals kept com­ing wi­th Scot­land for­ward Bri­an Mc­Clair ham­mer­ing the ball pa­st Thor­stvedt in the 53rd min­ute of the one-sided en­counter be­fore a fine clo­se ran­ge fin­ish from Paul Par­ker five min­utes la­ter made it 4-0 to Man­chester Uni­ted. As the score­board clock at Old Traf­ford ticked down, The White Hart Laners got them­selves a con­sol­a­tion goal when Nick Barmby nod­ded a crosss from Paul Al­len pa­st Den­mark in­ter­na­tion­al Pe­ter Schmei­chel in the 88th min­ute of play to make the fi­nal score 4-1 in fa­vour of the ho­me si­de. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Pe­ter Schmei­chel, Paul Par­ker, De­nis Ir­win, Ste­ve Bru­ce, Ga­ry Pal­lister, Lee Sharpe, Paul In­ce, Ry­an Gig­gs, Eric Can­tona, Bri­an Mc­Clair, Ma­rk Hug­hes. Sub­stitutes: An­drey Kanchel­s­kis, Mi­ke Phelan. Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur Te­am: Er­ik Thor­stvedt, Dean Aus­tin, Neil Rud­dock, Justin Ed­in­burgh, Ga­ry Mab­butt, Mo­hamed Ali Am­ar, Vin­cent Sam­ways, Nick Barmby, Paul Al­len, Da­vid How­ells, Teddy Sher­ing­ham. Sub­stitutes: Gudni Bergs­son, Dar­ren Anderton.

 

Denis Irwin Quickfacts

De­nis Ir­win hit 22 goals in 368 ga­mes for Man­chester Uni­ted be­tween 1990 and 2002. 

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