Stoke 1 Manchester Utd 2
Stoke City 1 Manchester United 2, Victoria Ground, English Football League First Division, March 20, 1971. George Best registered a brace as Manchester United defeated Stoke City 2-1 away.
After suffering a 4-3 defeat against West Bromwcih Albion at The Hawthorns in their previous away encounter, Manchester United beat Stoke City 2-1 before a 40,000 crowd at Victoria Ground with the inform George Best scoring both of their goals. Best put Manchester United ahead with a magnificent lob over Stoke City and England shot stopper Gordon Banks in the 23rd minute of the contest and added a second goal four minutes past the half-hour mark to hand the visiting team a 2-0 cushion at the interval. John Ritchie managed to reduce the arrears for The Potters with a close range header in the second half, but Manchester United held on to earn themselves both points. The 2-1 win against Stoke left The Reds in ninth place in the table with 34 points from 33 matches, twenty points adrift of leaders Leeds United, fourteen short of second placed Arsenal, and nine behind Wolves in third spot. Stoke City Team: Gordon Banks, Mike Pejic, Eric Skeels, Denis Smith, John Marsh, Alan Bloor, Mike Bernard, Harry Burrows, John Ritchie, Jimmy Greenhoff, Terry Conroy. Substitutes: None. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Tony Dunne, Paul Edwards, David Sadler, John Aston, Paddy Crerand, Willie Morgan, John Fitzpatrick, Denis Law, Bobby Charlton, George Best. Substitutes: None.
Manchester United Quickfacts
Wilf McGuinness´s Manchester United side were held to a 2-2 draw against fellow mid-tablers Stoke City in an entertaining League Division One game at Old Trafford on the 7th of November 1970.