Manchester Utd 3 Leeds 2

Stuart Pearson And Norman Hunter

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Leeds Uni­ted 2, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Mar­ch 13, 1976. Man­chester Uni­ted edged out fel­low title con­tenders Leeds Uni­ted by 3-2 on ho­me soil thanks to fir­st-ha­lf goals from Stew­art Hou­s­ton and Stu­art Pear­son and a sec­ond-ha­lf goal by Ger­ry Daly.

Man­chester Uni­ted had de­feated Leeds Uni­ted 2-1 in the re­verse en­counter at El­land Road in Oct­ober and were fa­vour­ites to emerge vic­tori­ous ag­ain. The Reds pro­pelled them­selves in­to the lead with­in just three min­utes of ac­tion when Sam­my Mc­Ilroy flicked on a right-sided free-kick from Al­ex For­syth and Stew­art Hou­s­ton head­ed the ball from clo­se ran­ge pa­st vis­it­ing goal­keeper Da­vid Har­vey and in­to the net. Man­chester Uni­ted kept go­ing for­ward and the hosts had their sec­ond goal of the af­ter­noon three min­utes ahead of the in­ter­val as a low and hard cross from For­syth fou­nd Stu­art Pear­son who sco­red wi­th a clin­ic­al ef­fort from in­side the six-yard area. The ho­me te­am re­fused to slow down fol­low­ing the in­ter­mis­sion and stret­ched their ad­vant­age fur­ther a min­ute pa­st the hour ma­rk when Ger­ry Da­ly be­at Har­vey wi­th a fine head­er from a left-sided cross by Mc­Ilroy. The Pea­cocks ev­entually re­duced the ar­rears wi­th two late goals from Tre­vor Cherry and Billy Brem­ner, but there was­n’t enough time to res­cue a point for the vis­it­ors from York­shire. The vic­tory ag­ainst bit­ter rivals Leeds saw Man­chester Uni­ted re­main in third spot, level on points wi­th sec­ond-pla­ced Liver­pool, but wi­th an in­feri­or goal av­er­age. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Al­ex For­syth, Stew­art Hou­s­ton, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Bri­an Green­hoff, Ger­ry Da­ly, Ste­ve Cop­pell, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy, Stu­art Pear­son, Da­vid Mc­Creery, Gor­don Hill. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Leeds Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid Har­vey, Tre­vor Cherry, Frank Gray, Billy Brem­ner, Nor­man Hun­ter, Terry Yorath, Pe­ter Lor­imer, Al­lan Clarke, Joe Jor­dan, Duncan McK­en­zie, Ed­die Gray. Sub­stitutes: None.


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