Manchester United

The Greatest goal ever scored with commentry from the legends Martin Tyler and Andy Gray

Arsenal 1 - 2 Manchester United - FA Cup Semi Final Replay 1999

Well, I'd have sworn blind that David Beckham won the award this year, but it turns out he didn't. Let's hear it for Trevor Sinclair - the best goal ever that never gets shown on the telly these days. What an overhead kick! Better than Ibramhimovic's against England or Rooney's in the derby, in my opinion. Such a pity that it's in danger of being forgotten, yet Becks's halfway-line jobbie has been played virtually ad infinitum.

I'd have loved to have seen Juninho playing in a Premier League team higher up the table. Hard to believe he'd play in a side that got relegated. Also a surprise to see him score a header!

(Please remember that this is an off-air VHS recording, so don't go expecting 1080p HD quality. I'm fairly certain that this video isn't commercially available, and I've uploaded it for its historic interest only. That said, if you are a copyright holder and object, please don't hesitate to contact me.)

If like me you are a Saints fan in possession of a bus pass and a season ticket at a concessionary rate, the name Ron Davies will already conjure a nostalgic smile. Amongst my generation Ron Davies is simply a Saints Legend and in mine and many other's opinion, the best header of a football we've ever seen.

If however you are a younger Saints fan or just a fan of today's Premiership Football you might need a little more background so excuse me if I quote briefly from his online biography:

"During close season 1966 manager Ted Bates spent a club record PS55,000 to bring the 24 year old centre forward to Southampton as the club prepared to face their first season in the top flight. It soon became clear that the money had been well spent as Davies went on his goal scoring run of 12 goals in 10 consecutive league games and ended the 66-'67 season having scored 37 goals in 41 games to top the goal scoring charts. A big but amiable giant, Davies was useful on the ground, but it was in the air where he inflicted most damage.
With crosses from Terry Paine and John Sydenham floating in, Davies continued to dominate the aerial battles and he again headed (along with George Best) the scoring charts for 1967-68 season. His heading powers were awesome and when on 16 August 1969 he scored all four Saints goals in a match at Old Trafford, Matt Busby said that Davies was the best centre forward in Europe.
During his career with the club Davies scored 134 league goals placing him 8th on the club's list of all-time goalscorers. He won 29 caps for Wales, 23 of them whilst at Southampton and his total of 134 league goals included three 4-goal hauls, the most memorable being at Old Trafford in August 1969."

These highlights (Pt 1) and interview (Pt 2) are taken from ITV's "The Big Match" from that weekend in August 1969. Forget the discussion whether it was three goals or four for there would be no dispute, definitely four. The headers shown here aren't the height of Ron's powers more "bread and butter" headers that were Ron's "stock in trade" If he were plying his trade today "Ron Davies -- Heading Masterclass" would be a top selling DVD...sadly this is about all that exists online.

Many thanks to Duncan Holley for supplying the original video and to Mike Gardiner for videoing the original from my PC screen.

Premier League 1990/1991
Liverpool FC - Manchester United 4:0
Stadium : Anfield (Liverpool / England)
Attendance : 35.726

Goals : Peter Beardsley (3),John Barnes

Liverpool FC : Bruce Grobbelaar,David Burrows,Steve Nicol,Glenn Hysen,Steve McMahon,Gary Gillespie,Ronnie Whelan,Ray Houghton,John Barnes,Peter Beardsley,Ian Rush
Manager: Kenny Dalglish

Manchester United : Les Sealey,Denis Irwin,Steve Bruce,Gary Pallister ,Clayton Blackmore,Neil Webb,Paul Ince,Mike Phelan,Mark Robins,Brian McClair,Mark Hughes
Manager: Alex Ferguson

Defending champions Liverpool exploded out of the blocks in the 1990/91 season, winning their first eight games under Kenny Dalglish, including this thrashing of Alex Ferguson's Man United. The teams had played out a Charity Shield draw a few weeks previously, but at Anfield the champions gave FA Cup holders United a lesson in pass and move football. By half-time a brace from Peter Beardsley and a goal from John Barnes had put the home side 3-0 up and the Geordie number seven concluded matters with his hat-trick goal nine minutes from time.

11 May 1996
Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United
Goals : Cantona 85'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 79,007
Referee: Dermot Gallagher (Oxfordshire)

The 1996 FA Cup Final was the 51st to be held at Wembley Stadium after the Second World War and was held between two of the biggest rivals in English football, Manchester United and Liverpool.

The match, despite the rivalry between the two teams, was a fairly unmemorable game, rarely sparking into life, with playmakers Eric Cantona and Steve McManaman, marked and closed out by Jamie Redknapp and John Barnes and Roy Keane and Nicky Butt respectively. Keane went on to stop virtually every attack the Liverpool midfield threw at United, and covering as commentator Peter Brackley described, "every blade of grass", to win the man of the match award.

The game started with a frenetic pace and Manchester United started with several positive chances before Liverpool came back into the game, but chances at either end were limited. Neither goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel for United and David James for Liverpool, was seriously tested throughout the majority of the game. However, with just five minutes remaining on the clock, David James tried to punch a corner clear. The ball landed just outside the penalty area, at the feet of United captain Eric Cantona, who had scored in his comeback game after a seven-month suspension at Old Trafford against Liverpool earlier that season in a game that ended 2--2. Cantona hit his shot goalwards, through the crowded penalty area and the ball nestled in the back of the goal, winning the game for United. Cantona had been marked out of the game, but true to his form all season, popped up with yet another magical moment.

The win was United's third FA Cup win under Alex Ferguson, having also won in 1990 and 1994. They became the first club to win the competition nine times, and also became the first club to win the league championship and FA Cup double on two occasions.

Two notable absences from the Manchester United side were the club's two longest serving players Steve Bruce and Brian McClair, who were dropped in favour of younger players and missed out on a chance to add to their impressive list of honours at the club. Bruce never played for United again, as he was transferred to Birmingham City 11 days later, while McClair remained at the club for a further two seasons and added another league title to his personal honours.

Everton v Manchester United
Everton 1-0 Manchester United
1995 FA Cup Final

Paul Rideout Goal

Manchester United v Liverpool
Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool
1996 FA Cup Final

Eric Cantona Goal

Louis van Gaal "WALKS" out of Manchester United press conference after five-minutes. Follow me on Twitter

Louis van Gaal is under huge amounts of pressure to turn things around at Manchester United and last night, it was reported that the Dutchman would be sacked. However, the reports were wrong and Van Gaal turned up to his press conference today.

Louis van Gaal was facing the press before Manchester United play Stoke.
The manager said 'I am only here because of Premier League rules' and Jose Mourinho has been linked with taking over as boss at Old Trafford. Van Gaal says he has held meetings with his players this week.

"Has anybody in this room not a feeling to apologise to me?" was his opening gambit, before a five-minute diatribe that dominated a press conference he left after only five minutes.

"Four weeks ago we were first in PL, and in about 4 weeks we can again be in that position," said van Gaal.

"You have to stick by the facts, when I get calls off Alex Ferguson, David Gill and Ed Woodward because you are creating something that is not good, what is not being the facts. And now I have to answer queastions. I don't think that I want to do it," he added.

"I am only saying now I am focused on Stoke City. I have my players.

"I wish you a merry Christmas and also maybe a happy New Year when I see you. Enjoy the wine and a mince pie. Good bye."

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Watch rare footage of George Best in the 1968 European Cup final for Manchester United.

The Irish Film Board present in association with MDV

Written and Directed by Dave Tynan

Starring Craig Keane Harrington & Aidan O'Hare

Produced by Michael Donnelly V

Director of Photography: JJ Rolfe
Production Designer: Kate Moylan

Editor: Tony Kearns
Original Music: Gareth Averill