Competition: UEFA Cup, Third Round, First Leg.
Referee: Preben Christophersen (
With Don Revie serving a one-match ban imposed by UEFA for anomalies in the fixture at Easter Road, Les Cocker took temporary control of the team and had a frustrating night as Portuguese League leaders Vitoria Setubal prevented United from building up a healthy First Leg lead. Apart from the quality opposition, United also had to contend with the energy crisis prompted by rising oil prices and industrial action which was to lead to a three day week. Power restrictions were imposed by the Government and so United called in a ten ton generator to power the floodlights separate from the National Grid. Don Revie watched on from the stands with Unitedís lowest European home attendance as United were unable to overpower a well-drilled side which had nine successive years of European football under its belt.
United had met Vitoria Setubal in the UEFA Cup in the 1970-71 season and the Portuguese side felt that United were lucky to survive 3-2 on aggregate. They were out for revenge and United only just shaded the home leg 1-0 with a goal from Trevor Cherry with just twenty minutes to go. It was a bitterly cold December night and the low crowd of barely 14,000 seemed to indicate that their priorities lay elsewhere as did Don Revieís team selection for the second leg.
The game, played on a snow covered surface, was not without
incident, but United missed a great chance to settle the tie at
With just over an hour gone, Les Cocker sent on young Frank
Gray for Terry Yorath, to add some creativity and he
was rewarded within seven minutes, Gray crossing for Trevor Cherry to rifle
home a left-footer for his first goal of the season. Three minutes later Peter Lorimer was brought down by Jose Mendes, and despite
Nigel Davey came on
as substitute for Paul Reaney††††††† ††Trevor Cherry got the