Competition: First Division.
Referee: A.E. Morrisey (Bramhall,
Coventry had made a good enough start to the season themselves, winning their first five home league games, but they had slipped a little and were hardly in with a chance against United in this game. Even though United were without midfield ace Johnny Giles and had Paul Madeley and Paul Reaney playing with high temperatures as well as suffering a late set-back when leading scorer Mick Jones had to pull out after picking up an injury in training, they still managed to hit top form without too much difficulty.
Young Scottish international striker Joe Jordan covered
admirably for Jones, while Mick Bates did so well in midfield that the absence
of Giles, one of the greatest schemers in the business, went virtually
“The last fifteen minutes of the game were sheer poetry, and the third goal was one of the finest I have seen. It began with David Harvey and ten men touched the ball before it went in,” delighted manager Revie said. In short this was United at their devastating best once again. They had that title look about them, a point Coventry team manager Gordon Milne readily agreed with. “Seven points ahead, it’s a race for second, third and fourth places this season,” he said.
Back Row: Peter Lorimer, Eddie Gray, Mick Bates, Allan Clarke, Norman Hunter,
Gordon McQueen, Roy Ellam, Paul Reaney, Frank Gray.
Front Row: Terry Yorath, Gary Sprake, Trevor Cherry, Joe Jordan, Johnny Giles, David Harvey,
Paul Madeley, Billy Bremner, Mick Jones.
Billy Bremner, Joe
Jordan and Allan Clarke scored the
Mick Coop (and Jim Holmes) Robert Parker and Alan Dugdale were the central defenders Colin Stein and David Cross were the strikers
were the full-backs
Denis Mortimer, Brian Alderson, Mick McGuire
and Tommy Hutchison were the