Venue: Philips Stadion,
Competition: UEFA Cup, Second Round Second Leg.
Referee: Marc Batt (
Brazilian superstar Ronaldo had
missed PSV’s five-star display at
Two goals from Philip Cocu did the
United battled bravely and both Tony Yeboah and Carlton Palmer missed a couple of half-chances to get United back into the match, if not the tie. PSV stepped up the pace after that and Brazilian striker Ronaldo fired the ball just wide of the post after Carlton Palmer had lost possession to Luc Nilis. United suffered another body blow in bizarre circumstances two minutes before half-time. John Lukic came out to try and thwart Luc Nilis but John Pemberton was first to the ball and lofted it past his own keeper as he came out off his line. United nearly conceded a third seven minutes after the break when Marciano Vink was narrowly off target after being released by Wim Jonk, and PSV could not believe the amount of space they were given to manoeuvre.
It was one-way traffic in the second half as Howard Wilkinson gave youngsters Kevin Sharp, thirty-five minutes, and Mark Ford, fifteen minutes, to gain vital experience with PSV in total command, as they replaced Gary Speed and Paul Beesley respectively. He did, however, chose to replace Noel Whelan by David White in the fifty-ninth minute.
John Lukic pulled off a splendid save to deny Ronaldo after Philip Cocu had split the United defence. Ronaldo showed some neat skills to trick the United defence but a night of misery for United was completed in the seventy-fourth minute when Philip Cocu crowned a fine display as he rounded John Lukic for his second goal after Luc Nilis had created the opening. Tony Yeboah, who hardly had a kick in the match, had gone seven games without scoring and his form and fitness looked suspect. United could really have done with one of his specials early in the game, but as it was it was Philip Cocu and PSV Eindhoven who were celebrating as they moved easily into the Third Round.
Rob Bowman takes on Boudewijn Pahlplatz
John Lukic and Gary
Kelly in disbelief after the game, while Captain Gary McAllister hangs his head
Gary Kelly pulls away from ‘Man of the Match’ Philip Cocu
Philip Cocu (2) and a John Pemberton own goal were the PSV scorers United gave the youngsters a Mark Ford came on as
run with Rob Bowman starting a substitute
Kevin Sharp came on as a substitute Ronaldo, Tom Van Der Leegte and Paul Hoekstra were new faces for PSV