Competition: First Division.
Referee: Mr R. Pawley (
United surged into the First Division under Howard Wilkinsonís management in
the 1989-90 season,
hammering by United at Elland Road in early April of
the 1990-91 campaign did Sunderlandís chances of survival no good at all.
Despite the welcome boost of earning three much-needed points from third-placed
Left-back Mike Whitlow helped to lay the foundation for the opening goal, zipping between two defenders on the left to provide a pin-point centre for Chapman to plant a header firmly past Tony Norman. United went two up after twenty-two minutes when Carl Shutt, following good work by Gordon Strachan as well as Speed, scored from close range and the keeper was well beaten again in the thirty-fifth minute as Gary Speed powered a magnificent header past him. The Welshman tapped in Unitedís fourth goal just before the hour when he finished off a fine move in which Gordon Strachan exchanged passes with Gary McAllister and Lee Chapman completed the rout when he fastened on to a sloppy pass from David Rush and had time to pick his spot.
Unitedís impressive midfield quartet of Gordon Strachan, David Batty, Gary McAllister and Gary Speed had dominated throughout while at the back Mel Sterland, Chris Whyte, John McClelland and Mike Whitlow made sure goalkeeper John Lukic was a virtual spectator.
what their position in the League may be,
have been pleasantly surprised at the amount of space they were allowed and,
they all played their part to the full and turned their superiority into goals.
Ironically it was Unitedís youngest player, twenty-one year-old Gary Speed, who did as much as anyone to send them crashing. The Welsh international helped himself to two goals to take his tally for the season into double figures and played a key role by providing the chance from which Carl Shutt scored Unitedís second goal, after Lee Chapman, who also scored two, had opened the scoring in the fifth minute.
goal came in the twenty-second minute, Speedís first went in after thirty-five
minutes, his second was just before the half-hour mark and the final goal of
the game came five minutes from the end. Chapman missed the chance of a
hat-trick when he fired against
Chapman (2), Carl Shutt and Gary Speed (2) scored the
†† Gordon Strachan made the second and fourth goals and the midfield with David Batty and Gary McAllister dominated††††††††††††
Mike Whitlow made the first goal†††††††††††††††† John Lukic was untroubled††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mel Sterland,
John McClelland and Chris Whyte
were strong in defence for United†††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Tony Norman was in the
Gary Bennett and Richard Ord were the centre-backs††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Brian Atkinson and Brian Mooney were substitutes
Gordon Armstrong, Paul Bracewell John Kay and Tony Smith were in the midfield