Oxford U 2 Manchester U 0

Chris Turner

Ox­ford Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0, Man­or Gro­und, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup Quart­er-Fi­nal, Jan­uary 20, 1988. Man­chester Uni­ted suf­fered a sur­prise 2-0 de­feat ag­ainst fel­low Fir­st Di­vi­sion si­de Ox­ford Uni­ted in the quart­er-fi­nals of the Lea­gue Cup. Be­fore a crowd of over 12,000 people at Man­or Gro­und, Dean Saun­ders and Ga­ry Briggs sco­red for the hosts in the 21st and 35th min­utes respectively.

Al­though Man­chester United’s te­am con­tained the likes of Bri­an Mc­Clair, Jes­per Ol­sen, Bry­an Rob­son, Gor­don Stra­chan, and Nor­man White­side, Al­ex Ferguson´s men had more prob­lems than ex­pec­ted ag­ainst The U´s.  Ox­ford Uni­ted, who had won the Lea­gue Cup two years earli­er, launched them­selves in­to the lead af­ter twenty-one min­utes of ac­tion when a free-kick was nod­ded on to for­mer Brighton and Hove Al­bion marks­man Dean Saun­ders who struck the ball pa­st Man­chester Uni­ted shot stop­per Chris Turn­er and in­to the net from clo­se ran­ge. Viv An­der­son came clo­se to equal­ising for The Reds shortly af­ter­wards, but the de­fender saw his head­er jo just wide of the far post. In­stead it was Ox­ford Uni­ted that doubled their ad­vant­age as Ga­ry “Rambo” Briggs head­ed ho­me a cross five min­utes pa­st the ha­lf-hour ma­rk. Man­chester Uni­ted wor­ked hard to get back in­to the mat­ch, but the goals sco­red by Saun­ders and Briggs proved to be more than enough for Ox­ford Uni­ted to pro­gress to the next ro­und of the tour­na­ment. Ox­ford Uni­ted Te­am: Alan Judge, Da­vid Bard­s­ley, John Drey­er, Ga­ry Shelton, Ga­ry Briggs, Tom­my Caton, Tre­vor Hebberd, Mar­tin Foyle, Dean Saun­ders, Leslie Phil­lips, Pe­ter Rhoades-Bro­wn. Sub­stitutes: Rich­ard Hill, Billy White­hurst. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Chris Turn­er, Viv An­der­son, Kev­in Mor­an, Clay­ton Black­more, Mi­ke Dux­bury, Co­lin Gib­son, Bri­an Mc­Clair, Jes­per Ol­sen, Bry­an Rob­son, Gor­don Stra­chan, Nor­man White­side. Sub­stitutes: Graeme Hogg, Pe­ter Davenport.


Manchester United Quickfacts

Man­chester Uni­ted and Ox­ford Uni­ted played out a 2-2 draw at Old Traf­ford in the sec­ond ro­und of the Lea­gue Cup in the fir­st ever meet­ing be­tween the two te­ams on the 6th of Septem­ber 1972.


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