Wimbledon 1 Man United 1
Wimbledon 1 Manchester United 1, Plough Lane, English Football League First Division, October 22, 1988. Manchester United had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Wimbledon at Plough Lane. Mark Hughes provided United with the lead midway through the first half before Dennis Wise headed home an equaliser for The Crazy Gang with fourteen minutes left.
Manchester United came into this First Division fixture on the back of a confidence-boosting 5-0 League Cup Second Round Second Leg victory against Fourth Division side Rotherham United at Old Trafford and were slight favourites to beat Wimbledon. The Manchester Reds took the advantage against The Dons in the 23rd minute of the clash when Welsh international Mark Hughes picked up an unfortunate goal-kick from Plough Lane custodian Hans Segers and fired the ball past the hapless shot stopper and into the net. The South West Londoners came more into the match after the break and the hosts had their leveller on 76 minutes as a cross from Alan Cork on the right found Dennis Wise who nodded the ball past the outstretched left arm of Manchester United netminder Jim Leighton and into the goal. Wimbledon Team: Hans Segers, Andrew Clement, Roger Joseph, Eric Young, John Scales, Gary Brooke, Vinnie Jones, Dennis Wise, Robbie Turner, Lawrie Sanchez, Alan Cork. Substitutes: Keith Curle, Carlton Fairweather. Manchester United Team: Jim Leighton, Billy Garton, Michael Duxbury, Steve Bruce, Clayton Blackmore, Lee Sharpe, Gordon Strachan, Bryan Robson, Brian McClair, Mark Hughes, Peter Davenport. Substitutes: Russell Beardsmore, Mark Robins.
Mark Hughes Quickfacts
After rejoining Manchester United from La Liga giants Barcelona for a then club record fee of £1.8 million at the end of the 1987-88 season, Mark Hughes accumulated 83 top-flight goals during 256 appearances for the Old Trafford team before he left for Chelsea at the beginning of the 1995-96 campaign.