Sheff Wed 1 Man United 3

George Best

Shef­field Wed­nesday 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 3, Hills­bor­ough Sta­dium, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Sep­tember 17, 1969. An early goal from Bri­an Kidd and a late brace by Ge­orge Best gave Man­chester Uni­ted a well-de­served 3-1 win over Dan­ny Williams´s Shef­field Wed­nesday at Hills­bor­ough. 

Wilf McGuin­ness had taken over the ma­na­geri­al reigns from le­gendary Man­chester Uni­ted boss Sir Matt Busby be­fore the be­gin­ning of the 1969-70 cam­paign, but The Reds had ex­per­i­enced an in­dif­fer­ent start to the new sea­son, wi­th three vic­tor­ies, four draws, and three de­feats from their open­ing ten fix­tures. In the away meet­ing ag­ainst Shef­field Wed­nesday, Man­chester Uni­ted es­tab­lished an early ad­vant­age when Bri­an Kidd con­ver­ted a bril­liantly de­livered cor­ner from Ge­orge Best on el­ev­en min­utes, on­ly for the ho­me te­am to equal­ise thro­ugh Gra­ham Pugh shortly af­ter­wards. As the score­board clock ticked down, how­ever, Man­chester Uni­ted had two goals in quick suc­ces­sion when Best be­at Shef­field Wed­nesday cus­todi­an Pe­ter Sprin­gett wi­th a left-foot shot af­ter 82 min­utes be­fore he com­pleted his brace by un­leash­ing an un­stoppable ef­fort in­to the net a min­ute la­ter. Shef­field Wed­nesday Te­am: Pe­ter Sprin­gett, Ken­neth Bur­ton, Wilf Smith, Sam El­lis, Archibald Irvine, Gra­ham Pugh, Tom­my Craig, Ger­ry Young, Johnny Fantham, Da­vid Ford, Alan War­boys. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, John Fitz­patrick, To­ny Dun­ne, Ian Ure, Fran­cis Burns, Da­vid Sad­ler, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Bob­by Charl­ton, Alan Gowl­ing, Bri­an Kidd, Ge­orge Best. Sub­sti­tute: John As­ton Ju­ni­or.


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Man­chester Uni­ted de­feated Shef­field Wed­nesday 2-0 in an FA Cup 5th ro­und re­play at Hills­bor­ough on the 21st of Feb­ruary 1962 thanks to a goal each from Bob­by Charl­ton and Johnny Giles.


Man­chester Uni­ted Ten Pre­vi­ous Mat­ches

1969-70 Sea­son:

Crys­tal Pal­ace 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2

Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Ever­ton 2

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 South­ampton 4

Ever­ton 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 0

Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0

Man­chester Uni­ted 0 New­castle Uni­ted 0

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Sun­der­land 1

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Midd­lesbrough 0

Leeds Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Liver­pool 0

Man­ager: Wilf McGuin­ness

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