Stoke 2 Manchester Utd 4
Stoke City 2 Manchester United 4, Victoria Ground, English Football League First Division, March 30, 1968. Following an embarrassing 3-1 defeat against neighbours Manchester City at Old Trafford just three days earlier, Matt Busby´s Manchester United thumped Stoke City 4-2 at Victoria Ground.
Aberdonian John Fitzpatrick had a field day in midfield as he and fellow midfielders John Aston and Paddy Crerand controlled the middle of the park. George Best gave Manchester United the lead within the first two minutes of action, only for George Eastham to level the score for The Potters in the ninth minute of the encounter. Debutant Alan Gowling restored the advantage for The Reds in the 23rd minute, but Peter Dobing managed to equalise for Tony Waddington´s team seven minutes past the half-hour mark. In the second frame, Manchester United went ahead for the third time in the game thanks to a goal from Aston nine minutes past the hour-mark before the Old Trafford men added a fourth goal through substitute Jimmy Ryan in the 78th minute of proceedings. Stoke City Team: Gordon Banks, John Moore, William Bentley, Alex Elder, Tony Allen, Alan Bloor, Willie Stevenson, Harry Burrows, Peter Dobing, Roy Vernon, George Eastham. Substitute: Mike Bernard. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Shay Brennan, Francis Burns, Paddy Crerand, David Sadler, John Fitzpatrick, George Best, Bobby Charlton, David Herd, Alan Gowling, John Aston. Substitute: Jimmy Ryan.
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Defending First Champions Manchester United suffered a 3-1 defeat to Stoke City at Victoria Ground on the 28th of February 1953, with Johnny Berry netting the consolation goal for the visitors.