Manchester Utd 4 Spurs 2
Manchester United 4 Tottenham Hotspur 2, Old Trafford Stadium, English Football League First Division Fixture, December 16, 1983. Championship chasers Manchester United collected three important points as Ron Atkinson´s men defeated Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 at home thanks to a brace each from ex-Aberdeen and Leeds United winger Arthur Graham and Republic of Ireland defender Kevin Moran.
Manchester United had defeated Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Watford, and Ipswich Town, drawn to Norwich City, Leicester City, and West Ham United, and lost against Aston Villa and Everton in their ten previous First Division encounters, whereas Tottenham Hotspur had beaten Nottingham Forest, Birmingham City, Notts County, Luton Town, and Queens Park Rangers, drawn with Stoke City, Liverpool, and Southampton, and been defeated by Wolverhampton Wanderers and Norwich City. Manchester United and England international midfielder Bryan Robson came close to scoring an early goal, only to see his powerful dipping shot hit the bar; but as the first period progressed Arthur Graham broke the defensive deadlock anyway when his low cross ended up in the back of the net to give the home outfit a 1-0 advantage. Following the break, The Lilywhites had their equaliser courtesy of an acrobatic goal by former Ipswich Town forward Alan Brazil nine minutes into the second half, only for Kevin Moran to restore the lead for Manchester United as he converted a corner-kick from Dutch midfield master Arnold Muhren just a minute later, and with seventeen minutes remaining the hosts went two goals ahead as a Ray Wilkins flag-kick found its way to Graham who headed home from close range to make it 3-1. Then, in the 75th minute of the tie, a clever through header from Tony Galvin replacement Ossie Ardiles found young striker Mark Falco who pushed the ball past United goalkeeper Gary Bailey to give the visiting team from North London renewed hope. But, eleven minutes from the end, Moran hit his second goal of the day as the versatile player tapped the ball into the net after Tottenham custodian Ray Clemence had failed to hold a header from Frank Stapleton.
Elsewhere, Brian Clough´s Nottingham Forest comfortably overcame West Ham United by a 3-0 margin at City Ground through a goal each from midfielders Steve Hodge and Colin Walsh, and striker Garry Birtles, Liverpool hammered Notts Couty 5-0 at Anfield where Scotland international Graeme Souness scored a brace for the reigning champions, Aston Villa demolished Ipswich Town 4-0 at Villa Park with Paul Rideout, Steve McMahon, Allan Evans, and Peter Withe all finding the net for the Midlanders, Everton succumbed to a 2-0 defeat against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, West Bromwich Albion lost by the same score against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, and Sunderland and Leicester City shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Roker Park. Manchester United Team: Gary Bailey, Kevin Moran, Mike Duxbury, Arthur Albiston, Remi Moses, Arnold Muhren, Bryan Robson, Ray Wilkins, Frank Stapleton, Norman Whiteside, Arthur Graham. Substitute: Lou Macari. Tottenham Hotspur Team: Ray Clemence, Graham Roberts, Danny Thomas, Gary O’Reilly, Steve Perryman, Gary Stevens, Ally Dick, Tony Galvin, Glenn Hoddle, Alan Brazil, Mark Falco. Substitute: Osvaldo Ardiles.
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Arthur Graham notched up 34 goals in 220 Scottish Football League appearances for Aberdeen before he joined Leeds United for a fee of £125,000 at the beginning of the 1977–78 season.