Competition: English Premier League.
Referee: Mr K. Cooper (Pontypridd).
football can be cruel, and Leeds United found out just how cruel it can be at
Old Trafford. Only four days after producing what must have ranked as their
worst performances of the season at
Having fought for almost an hour with ten men, after goalkeeper Mark Beeney, preferred for this match to John Lukic, was sent off for a deliberate handball outside his penalty box after only seventeen minutes, United looked to be holding out until Roy Keane put Manchester ahead with only eighteen minutes left on the clock.
goalkeeper Lucas Radebe started as substitute but was
brought on immediately in place of Mark Ford when Mark Beeney
was given his marching orders. Lucas Radebe looked
confident in goal, as he did when he took over from the injured John Lukic against
Howard Wilkinson had made four changes from the game at
Wilkinsonís men failed to create many real opportunities at the other end, their best efforts coming from Andy Gray who had two fine long range shots turned around the post by Peter Schmeichel in the first half.
presence of former
Roy Keane hit his sixth goal of the season in the seventy-second minute when Eric Cantona laid the ball off to him on the edge of the area, and he twisted and turned before a gap seemed to open for him to shoot right-footed across Lucas Radebe and into the net from eighteen yards.
Eric Cantona missed a number of good chances to increase his
sideís one goal advantage, but late in the game he blazed over from good
positions on two occasions without even testing Lucas Radebe.
But it was the Frenchman who came closest to putting the game beyond Unitedís reach when substitute David May teed the ball up
for him and he crashed his shot against the
barracking and jeering of the team at
Mark Beeney handles and gets his red card from the referee
†† Lucas Radebe takes over in goal as there was no goalkeeper on the bench but that was because of the faith in his goalkeeping ability
Keane wheels away in triumph after scoring
Andy Gray was surrounded by Denis Irwin and David May
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† clutches of David May
Mark Beeney started in goal†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† United youngsters Mark Ford and Andy Gray both started
but soon got sent-off
United youngster Mark Tinkler came off the bench †††††Paul Beesley and Nigel Worthington were given their places after the defeat at Chelsea
Manchester had Steve Bruce, substitute David May and Phil Neville in defence
Ryan Giggs was in midfield as were substitutes Paul Scholes and Lee Sharpe