Man United 0 Man City 1
Manchester United 0 Manchester City 1, Old Trafford, English Football League First Division, April 27, 1974. Manchester United received the coup de grace from Manchester City and Scotland international striker Denis Law when he hit a late winning goal in front of a crowd of almost 60,000 people at Old Trafford on the penultimate day of the 1973-74 season.
Manchester United, who were sitting 21st in the First Division table, entered The Manchester Derby on the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park, whereas 13th placed Manchester City had edged out West Ham United by 2-1 at Maine Road. Manchester United enjoyed a string of decent scoring opportunities during the first half of the tussle, but the desperate home team failed to convert them into goals. Following the resumption of play, new signing Dennis Tueart almost found the back of the net for Manchester City early in the second period when the left winger unleashed a devastating shot which hit the crossbar, and shortly afterwards Three Lions international Mike Summerbee put Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney to the test with a powerful low effort. The derby match eventually turned in Manchester City’s favour when a spectacular back heel goal from Denis Law after 82 minutes of action cemented Manchester United´s relegation to League Division Two. The Aberdonian seemed utterly heartbroken after scoring against his former employer, and he was substituted instantly by Manchester born midfielder Phil Henson, never to kick a ball in the Football League again. The game at Old Trafford was abandoned just a few moments later due to a pitch invasion, but the result stood. Elsewhere in the First Division, already crowned champions Leeds United narrowly beat eighth positioned Queens Park Rangers 1-0 at Shepherd´s Bush in West London through an early second half goal by Allan Clarke, while Freddie Goodwin´s Birmingham City avoided demotion to League Division Two by overcoming bottom-of-the-table Norwich City by 2-1 at St Andrew´s courtesy of a goal each from Kenny Burns and Bob Hatton. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Alex Forsyth, Stewart Houston, Brian Greenhoff, Martin Buchan, Jim Holton, Lou Macari, Gerry Daly, Jim McCalliog, Willie Morgan, Sammy McIlroy. Substitute: Mick Martin. Joe Corrigan, Glyn Pardoe, Willie Donachie, Mike Doyle, Tommy Booth, Alan Oakes, Mike Summerbee, Colin Bell, Francis Lee, Denis Law, Dennis Tueart. Substitute: Phil Henson.
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Despite poor performances and results throughout the 1973-74 campaign, Manchester United were still the best supported club by far in the country with an average home attendance of 42,721.