Port Vale 1 Manchester U 2

Paul Scholes

Port Vale 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2, Vale Park, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup Sec­ond Ro­und Fir­st Leg, Septem­ber 21, 1994. Man­chester Uni­ted, who had won the Lea­gue Cup in the 1991-92 sea­son, came from be­hind to be­at Port Vale 2-1 at Vale Park. Lee Glo­ver han­ded The Vali­ants an early lead, but two goals from de­butant Paul Scho­les gave Uni­ted a de­served win. 

Dur­ing the sum­mer, Vale Park man­ager John Rud­ge had sig­ned Lee Glo­ver from Not­ting­ham For­est, Ar­jan van Heusden from VV Noord­wijk, Craig Law­ton from Man­chester Uni­ted, To­ny Naylor from Crewe Al­ex­an­dra, and Stew­art Tal­bot from Moor Green, whi­le Pe­ter Swan and Ian Tay­lor had be­en sold to Ply­mouth Argyle and Shef­field Wed­nesday re­spect­ively. The Stafford­shire te­am, who had dis­posed of Foot­ball Lea­gue Sec­ond Di­vi­sion out­fit Bris­tol Rov­ers in the fir­st ro­und of the Coca-Cola Cup, took the ad­vant­age thanks to Lee Glo­ver who ham­mered the ball from out­side the pen­alty area pa­st Man­chester Uni­ted shot stop­per Ga­ry Wal­sh and in­to the goal in the sev­enth min­ute of the en­counter. But as the fir­st pe­riod un­fol­ded, Man­chester Uni­ted gradu­ally took con­trol of the ga­me and Paul Scho­les lev­elled the score when the nine­teen-year-old mid­fielder cooly be­at Port Vale goal­keeper Paul Mus­sel­white nine min­utes ahead of the break. The Old Traf­ford men kept on push­ing for­ward af­ter the in­ter­val and Scho­les sco­red his sec­ond goal as he con­ver­ted a cross from fel­low deutant Si­mon Dav­ies eight min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf. Port Vale Te­am: Paul Mus­sel­white, Gar­eth Grif­fiths, Dean Glo­ver, Al­len Tank­ard, Brad­ley San­de­man, Robin van der Laan, Andy Port­er, To­ny Naylor, Lee Glo­ver, Kev­in Kent, Mar­tin Foyle. Sub­stitutes: Ma­rk Burke, Ray Walk­er, Ar­jan van Heusden. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ga­ry Wal­sh, Ga­ry Ne­ville, Da­vid May, De­nis Ir­win, Da­vid Beck­ham, Nicky Butt, Si­mon Dav­ies, Keith Gil­lespie, Bri­an Mc­Clair, Roy Ke­ane, Paul Scho­les. Sub­stitutes: Lee Sharpe, John O’Kane, Kev­in Pilkington.


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Man­chester Uni­ted dis­mantled Port Vale 7-2 at Old Traf­ford on the 8th of Feb­ruary 1936 thro­ugh four goals from Tom­my Man­ley and a brace by Henry Row­ley plus one goal from Ge­orge Mutch.


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