Competition: FA Cup Semi-Final.
Attendance: 52,505 (Receipts £70,000).
Referee: P.Partrige (
There had been a marathon Third Round encounter with Norwich
City, which saw a Peter Lorimer goal take the tie
from Carrow Road to Elland
Road, where a Johnny Giles goal saw United still in deadlock after extra-time.
This took the tie to neutral territory at Villa Park Birmingham where United
won at a canter 5-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Allan Clarke and other goals
from Mick Jones and Peter Lorimer. The Fourth Round
saw an unconvincing 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle thanks to goals from Allan
Clarke and Mick Bates, and again Allan Clarke was in scoring form with a brace
in the 2-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion. A Peter Lorimer
goal saw United edge through the Quarter-Final at the
Baseball Ground against
In a hard fought Semi-Final United finally triumphed by a Billy Bremner special over Wolves at Maine Road Manchester, as he once again scored the winning goal on the last stop before Wembley, a feat he achieved many times over the years.
United had a few regulars out and things were made worse
when Jack Charlton had to go off in the first half, with Norman Hunter already
out injured the pairing was Paul Madeley and Terry Yorath.
Semi-Final superman Billy Bremner took United to the FA Cup Final for the fourth time in eight years. In three of those Semi-Finals it was Bremner that scored the vital winning goal on the last step to Wembley. His golden moment came after sixty-eight minutes of a tough, physical battle in which Wolves fought hard every inch of the way. A left-wing corner by Johnny Giles was headed out and Peter Lorimerís overhead kick clipped off the back of Mick Jonesí legs to Bremner, who gleefully whacked in a left-foot volley that flashed past goalkeeper Phil Parkes to spark jubilant celebrations on the pitch.
It was far from being a one-man show that put Cup-holders United back at Wembley again. It was a victory for teamwork and never-say- die spirit after Don Revieís resources had been stripped to the bone. Throughout the season United had been without broken leg victim Terry Cooper and for this crucial game, Revie was without Norman Hunter, Eddie Gray, Mick Bates and the up-and-coming new giant of a centre-half Gordon McQueen. Revieís answer was to call up old warhorse Jack Charlton, just one month away from hid thirty-eighth birthday, to play alongside Paul Madeley in the heart of Unitedís defence.
But even those plans were thrown into turmoil when Charlton limped off after pulling a muscle when he cut across to tackle winger Dave Wagstaffe in the thirty-second minute. On came a forward, young Joe Jordan, and Terry Yorath dropped back to link up with Paul Madeley, who was already in some discomfort with a shoulder injury. But patched up United just gritted their teeth and got on with the job. Peter Lorimer had a shot cleared off the line by Gerry Taylor and a goal-bound effort by that man Billy Bremner shot to safety off a defender.
Wolves, whose win in the last game of the previous season denied United the double, were disappointed not to create more chances against Unitedís makeshift centre of defence. The nearest they came was when Derek Dougan headed inches wide and a superb John Richards struck a post with David Harvey beaten. Shortly after the final whistle Unitedís fans were singing again when it was announced that Second Division Sunderland had toppled the previous seasonís beaten finalists Arsenal at Hillsbrough.
It was a
Billy Bremner fires home the winning goal
Mick Jones, Johnny Giles, Joe Jordan and Paul Madeley with David Harvey and Peter Lorimer sat on the floor.
Billy Bremner once again got the vital Semi-Final winning goal. Norman Hunter missed the game through injury. Jack Charlton limped off††
Phil Parkes was in goal††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††Gerry Taylor was at full back with Derek Parkin as his partner†††††††††††††† Mike Bailey was the substitute
The midfield was comprised of Bernard Shaw, Barry Powell, Kenny Hibbitt brother of ex-United star Terry Hibbitt and David Wagstaffe
Derek Dougan and John Richards were the strikers†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Frank Munro and John McAlle were partners in central defence