Manchester United came from behind to defeat Aston Villa 2–1 in the Foootball League Cup at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. James Milner gave The Villains an early lead from the penalty spot after only four minutes of play but goals from Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney eventually gave Sir Alex Ferguson´s men a well deserved victory.
Hailing from Glasgow, Paddy Crerand was determined to escape from his miserable background of family tragedy and religious dogmatism to become a professional soccer player. A dependable and responsible performer, Crerand managed to build up a world wide reputation both for his natural fighting spirit and his accurate tackling.
Manchester United icon George Best showed glimpses of his greatness in the first leg of the European Cup Quarter Final in February 1969, scoring two goals against Austrian Champions Rapid Vienna in a 3–0 win at Old Trafford. Wily flankman Willie Morgan also managed to make the score sheet with a well taken goal in the second half.
Despite having been on the books of Glasgow Rangers and Celtic, Darren Fletcher wanted to play for Manchester United because The Reds had a record of giving youth a chance. The Scot is now one of the key players at the club, but just a few years ago it was quite another story as he considered a move away from Old Trafford.
The Theatre of Dreams was treated to a professional and entertaining display from Manchester United hero Wayne Rooney yesterday. Blessed with the ability to head the ball effectively, the England frontman left the West Ham United defence completely helpless on two occasions last night as he scored twice against The Hammers.
Neil Webb initiated his career at local side Reading before he signed a three year deal with ambitious Portsmouth in the summer of 1982. Webb then had five good years with Nottingham Forest before the determined and intelligent midfielder was brought to Manchester United for a cool £1.5 million at the start of the 1989–90 campaign.
Chris Turner debuted for local team Sheffield Wednesday in a 0–0 draw with Walsall at Hillsborough in August 1976 and made over 200 appearances for The Owls during two spells at the club. A commanding and agile goalkeeper, he was voted Sheffield Wednesday Player of the Year in 1977 before he signed for Sunderland two years later.
Two goals by Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell saw Everton overcome Manchester United 3–1 at their Goodison Park on Sunday. Without Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic the visiting side were struggling after the break and it was no surprise when The Tofeemen hit back with Gosling and Rodwell scoring one each in the second period.
Despite being down to ten men for most of the match, The Reds managed to overcome old foes Manchester City at Old Trafford in the FA Cup 5th Round in February 2004. A brace from notorious goal plunderer Ruud van Nistelrooy and a goal each from Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo saw Manchester United running out 4–2 winners.
After a 2–2 draw in the first tie, Manchester United trashed Stan Cullis´s Birmingham City team to the tune of 6–2 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup Fifth Round replay in February 1969. Scotland international forward Denis Law made a treble, while Paddy Crerand, Brian Kidd and Willie Morgan all scored one goal each for Manchester United.