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Stuart Pearson

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 South­ampton 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Sec­ond Di­vi­sion, Oct­ober 26, 1974. The Reds ma­naged to be­at So­ton 1-0 thro­ugh a late goal from Stu­art Pear­son. 

Man­chester Uni­ted came fresh from a 3-0 vic­tory ag­ainst Black­pool at Bloom­field Road, where­as South­ampton had beaten Old­ham Ath­let­ic 3-1 at Bound­ary Park. The Sec­ond Di­vi­sion lead­ers dom­in­ated pro­ceed­ings from the very be­gin­ning, but the So­uth Coast­ers de­fen­ded well and no goals were sco­red be­fore the ha­lf-time sig­nal. Man­chester Uni­ted kept knock­ing on the door in the sec­ond ha­lf and the de­cis­ive goal of the ga­me came when for­mer Hull City at­tack­er Stu­art Pear­son, who had re­placed wing­er Wil­lie Mor­gan five min­utes pa­st the hour ma­rk, con­ver­ted a well-de­livered cross from left full­back Stew­art Hou­s­ton wi­th twelve min­utes left to go. Af­ter de­feat­ing The Saints 1-0 at ho­me, Man­chester Uni­ted now had 25 points from 15 mat­ches, four more than sec­ond pla­ced Nor­wich City, and five more than As­ton Vil­la and Sun­der­land who were in third and fourth spot re­spect­ively. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Al­ex For­syth, Stew­art Hou­s­ton, Bri­an Green­hoff, Jim Hol­ton, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy, Lou Ma­cari, Jim Mc­Cal­liog, Ger­ry Da­ly. Sub­sti­tute: Stu­art Pear­son. South­ampton Te­am: Ian Turn­er, Bob Mc­Carthy, Ste­ve Mills, Hugh Fish­er, Mel Blyth, Jim Steele, Bob­by Stokes, Mick Chan­non, Pe­ter Os­good, Da­vid Peach, Paul Gil­christ. Sub­stitutes: No­ne.

 

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Man­chester Uni­ted ma­naged to edge out Fir­st Di­vi­sion new­comers South­ampton by 2-1 at The Dell on the 19th of Nov­ember 1966 thanks to a fir­st-ha­lf brace from Wor­ld Cup win­ner Bob­by Charl­ton.

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Man­chester Uni­ted Ten Pre­vi­ous Mat­ches

1974-75 Sea­son:

West Brom­wich Al­bion 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1

Mill­wall 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Bris­tol Rov­ers 0

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Bol­ton Wan­derers 0

Nor­wich City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0

Ful­ham 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Man­chester City 0

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Notts Coun­ty 0

Ports­mouth 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0

Black­pool 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 3

Man­ager: Tom­my Doc­herty

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