Manchester U 4 West Ham 0

Alex Forsyth

Man­chester Uni­ted 4 West Ham Uni­ted 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Feb­ruary 28, 1976. Man­chester Uni­ted had few prob­lems in beat­ing The Irons at ho­me. Fol­low­ing a goal­less fir­st ha­lf, Al­ex For­syth opened the scor­ing early in the sec­ond ha­lf be­fore Lou Ma­cari, Da­vid Mc­Creery, and Stu­art Pear­son ad­ded a goal each to make the res­ult 4-0.

Even tho­ugh Man­chester Uni­ted and West Ham bo­th entered this en­counter on the back of 1-1 ho­me draws to Der­by Coun­ty and Leeds Uni­ted re­spect­ively, the red shirts were nev­er­the­less fa­vour­ites to win the tussle, and a com­fort­able vic­tory was plain sail­ing from the mo­ment they had their open­ing goal. The Old Tra­ford si­de con­trolled the pos­ses­sion of the ball from the very be­gin­ning of the ga­me, but the hosts failed to find the back of the net dur­ing the fir­st pe­riod of the mat­ch. Tom­my Docherty´s men went in­to the lead in the con­test shortly af­ter the re­sump­tion of play, tho­ugh, when Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al de­fender Al­ex For­syth sco­red one his rare goals in the 49th min­ute of pro­ceed­ings. And on­ly a mere sev­en min­utes la­ter fel­low coun­try­man Lou Ma­cari doubled the ad­vant­age for Man­chester Uni­ted be­fore Sam­my Mc­Ilroy re­place­ment Da­vid Mc­Creery net­ted the third goal of the af­ter­noon fol­low­ing 76 min­utes of ac­tion. Then, wi­th just two min­utes left on the referee´s clock, free flow­ing for­ward Stu­art Pear­son roun­ded off the scor­ing spree to make it 4-0. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Al­ex For­syth, Stew­art Hou­s­ton, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Ger­ry Da­ly, Lou Ma­cari, Bri­an Green­hoff, Ste­ve Cop­pell, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy, Stu­art Pear­son, Gor­don Hill. Sub­sti­tute: Da­vid Mc­Creery. West Ham Uni­ted Te­am: Mervyn Day, John Mc­Dow­ell, Kev­in Lock, Billy Bonds, Tom­my Tay­lor, Mick Mc­Giv­en, Alan Tay­lor, Gra­ham Pad­don, Alan Cur­bish­ley, Tre­vor Brook­ing, Keith Rob­son. Sub­sti­tute: Billy Jen­nings.

 

Alex Forsyth Quickfacts

Al­ex For­syth made 35 fir­st te­am out­ings for Man­chester Uni­ted in the 1975-76 sea­son.

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