Competition: European Cup Second Round First Leg.
Ferencvaros: Geczi; Novak, Pancsics; Balint (Nemeth), Horvath, Megyesi; Szoke, Juhasz, Branikovits, Scucs, Katona.
Referee: Tifik Bakhramov (
United were well aware of the talents of Hungarian Champions
Ferencvaros, having played them in the Inter-Cities
Fairs Final of 1967-68, which was held over until the start of the following
season. However, since that time Ferencvaros had
declined and they were missing several of their star players with Florian Albert still unavailable after suffering a bad
injury in an international against
United made the most of the absence of such quality players and once again made their home advantage count and in a breathtaking first half they soon had the Magyars floundering on a muddy pitch. As against Lyn Oslo, United didnít stand on ceremony and went at Ferencvaros straight from the kick-off and they were rewarded when Johnny Giles scored in the first minute. Giles had put the Hungarians to the test when he raced through the mud and passed the ball to Bremner, showing no ill effects from a recent bout of flu, on the edge of the penalty box, who with his back to goal flicked the ball with his heel and Giles tore in again and slammed the ball into the net from twelve yards.
United took inspiration from the fine opening and played some superb football, their pinpoint passing skidding from one player to another across the clinging surface. Ferencvaros were left chasing shadows as Giles and Jones gave the Hungarian defence a real harassing and with Gray and Reaneyís repeated dashes down the wing, the Ferencvaros defence never really knew where the next danger would materialise. The pattern was set by Eddie Gray within a minute of the start of the game when he beat three defenders one after another and sped down the left wing. It came as little surprise when United increased their lead after twenty minutes when Mick Jones followed up to score after Peter Lorimerís initial effort had been blocked.
In the muddy conditions, the Hungarians were finding it
difficult to turn and combat Unitedís moves, despite
the fact that they had had fifteen minutes to get used to the pitch before the
game. Mick Jones got his second and Unitedís third
after thirty-five minutes as Peter Lorimer and Johnny
Giles combined to open up the Ferencvaros defence to
enable the centre-forward to round the keeper and slot the ball home. Both
Norman Hunter and Jack Charlton were denied goals from offside decisions and
United failed to add to their tally in the final fifty-five minutes but took a
handy three goal lead to
Don Revie was in raptures after
the game enthusing, ďI have never seen a United sideplay
better against anybodyin my eight years with them.
They were splendid.Ē The bookmakers also took note of the United
demolition job and installed
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mick Jones scores his second and Unitedís third
Peter Lorimer crosses for Mick Jones to score††††††††† Johnny Giles shots on goal
Johnny Giles in the
††††††††††††††††††††††† Terry Cooper and Allan Clarke were both missing†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mick Bates deputised in midfield