Competition: English Premier League.
Referee: Mr D.Gallagher (Banbury).
So Santa Claus was a Leeds United Fan after all. Few supporters were willing to contemplate victory against the old enemy on Christmas Eve, but for every White across the world, a comprehensive 3-1 rout represented the best possible present, and they were not all that bothered that it had come a day early.
In a performance as authoritive and courageous
as any under Howard Wilkinson,
After thirteen barren years in the War of the Roses,
McAllisterís fifth minute penalty goal was his one hundredth and he joined the select band of midfield players who have scored a century of domestic goals. Andy Cole wiped out the penalty strike when he equalized on the half hour but six minutes later Tony Yeboah restored the advantage with a brilliant strike after a strong run. Unitedís victory and joy was complete in the seventy-third minute when Brian Deane headed in Tomas Brolinís neat little chip.
Unlike the previous year, when a controversial penalty provoked a
desperate rearguard action, the huge
The fixtureís enduring importance, enhanced further by the holiday
schedule, was reflected by the freneticism of both
players and supporters. At the final whistle, however, it was the
Gary McAllister calmly slots in the penalty for the first goal††††††††††††† Brian Deane rises to head Unitedís third goal
Brian Deane celebrates his goal while Tomas Brolin, Gary Kelly and Richard Jobson are elated in contrast to a dejected Brian McClair
Tony Yeboah gets in his shot for Unitedís second goal with ex-United man Denis Irwin lunging in desperation
Tony Yeboah celebrates his goal, Unitedís second
Brian Deane heads the third††††††††††††††††††††††† Tony Yeboah, Gary Speed, Tomas Brolin
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††and Brian Deane celebrate
Gary McAllister and Roy Keane clashed
Gary McAllister clashed with David Beckham
Brian Deane and Peter Schmeichel clashed
††††††††††††††††††† Gary McAllister from the
penalty spot, Tony Yeboah and Brian Deane scored the
Andy Cole replied for
Peter Schmeichel was the keeper††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Paul Parker and ex United player Denis Irwin were the full-backs††††
Central defence was
Gary Pallister and
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††spearheaded the attack with Andy Cole
†David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Roy Keane were in midfield