Sheff United 1 Man United 0
Sheffield United 1 Manchester United 0, Bramall Lane, English Football League First Division Fixture, September 30, 1972. The 3-0 victory over Derby County the previous Saturday proved to be a false down as Manchester United succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Sheffield United whose winning goal came from Alan Woodword who scored from the penalty spot with two minutes left of normal time.
Manchester United had defeated Derby County, drawn against Leicester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, and West Ham United, and suffered defeats against Ipswich Town, Liverpool, Everton, Coventry City, and Wolverhampton Wanderers in their last ten First Division matches and were next to bottom in the standings. Sheffield United, on the other hand, had overcome Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Southampton, and Chelsea, drawn against Stoke City, Ipswich Town, and Norwich City, and been defeated by Leeds United, Newcastle United, and Liverpool and were sitting comfortably in mid-table. Manchester United enjoyed several good opportunities to score both sides of the half-time break, but their strikers appeared lethargic in front of goal. The Sheffield United players screamed loudly for a penalty-kick as Alan Woodward went down inside the eighteen-yard area in the 73rd minute of proceedings, but the referee decided to take no action. The Bramall Lane encounter looked to be ending goalless until the 88th minute of the tussle when Manchester United and Wales international frontman Wyn Davies, who had been instrumental in the 3-0 victory over Brian Clough´s Derby County side at Old Trafford, conceded a penalty for a perfectly legitimate challenge on Sheffield United central defender John Flynn inside the box. Woodward calmly walked up to take the spot-kick and the Chapeltown born outside right made no mistakes in dispatching the ball into the back of the net in front of a 37,000 strong home crowd. Sheffield United Team: Tom McAllister, Steve Goulding, Len Badger, Ted Hemsley, John Flynn, Eddie Colquhoun, Tony Currie, Trevor Hockey, Alan Warboys, Billy Dearden, Alan Woodward. Substitutes: None. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Martin Buchan, Tony Dunne, Steven James, Ian Donald, Tony Young, Willie Morgan, Bobby Charlton, Wyn Davies, Ian Storey-Moore, Georgie Best. Substitute: Sammy McIlroy.
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Manchester United defeated Sheffield United 3-0 in a League Division One game at Bramall Lane on the 14th of October 1967 thanks to one goal each from Brian Kidd, Denis Law, and John Aston.