Manchester Utd 1 Soton 0
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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Manager: Tommy Docherty