Manchester Utd 3 Orient 1
Manchester United 3 Leyton Orient 1, Old Trafford, English Football League First Division, May 18, 1963. The Reds, who were two places above the drop zone, gained two vital points against The O´s. After being 1-0 down at the break, the hosts turned the game around to win 3-1 through goals from Denis Law and Bobby Charlton and an own goal by Stan Charlton.
Manchester United arrived in the game on the back of an evenly contested 1-1 draw against fellow relegation battlers Manchester City at Maine Road, whereas bottom-of-the table Leyton Orient had succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of neighbouring West Ham United at Boleyn Ground in their previous First Division fixture. The North East Londoners, who had edged out United 1–0 at Brisbane Road in the reverse meeting of the 1962-63 season, propelled themselves into an early lead as ex-Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United forward Dave Dunmore beat home goalkeeper David Gaskell with a spectacular back-header on nine minutes. The Mancunians began the second period the better team and the hosts were level in the fifty-second minute of the encounter when Leyton Orient defender Stan Charlton managed to head a dangerous cross from Three Lions international Bobby Charlton into the back of his own net. Spurred on by their equaliser, Manchester United went ahead for the first time in the clash in the eighty-first minute courtesy of a trademark opportunistic goal from Denis Law and a mere four minutes later in the half the omnipresent Charlton added a third to secure an important 3-1 victory for The Reds over The O´s. And with fellow relegation strugglers Manchester City suffering a 6-1 loss against West Ham United at Boleyn Ground, Manchester United were now safe and sound. Manchester United Team: David Gaskell, Anthony Dunne, Noel Cantwell, Bill Foulkes, Johnny Giles, Paddy Crerand, Maurice Setters, Bobby Charlton, David Herd, Albert Quixall, Denis Law. Substitutes: None. Leyton Orient Team: Frank George, Stan Charlton, Sid Bishop, Malcolm Lucas, Cyril Lea, Harry Gregory, Malcolm Musgrove, Bobby Mason, Dave Dunmore, Derek Gibbs, Gordon Bolland. Substitutes: None.
Manchester United Quickfacts
Manchester United and Leyton Orient, then playing under the name of Clapton Orient, fought out a 2-2 Second Division draw at Old Trafford on the 21st of April 1924. Sydney Evans registered a brace for the home side, while George Waite and Clatworthy Rennox notched up a goal each for Orient.