Our first port of call takes us to 1955 where a month before our last FA Cup win over their city rivals, we beat the men from Old Trafford 2-0 with goals from Len White and George Hannah, who went on to score in that cup final and in retirement owned a shop in Fallowfield, Manchester. White was on the scoresheet again in 1960 when we well and truly walloped ManYoo 7-3, on this occasion however he took the match ball home against a club who arguably were still recovering from the Munich Air Disaster only two years previous.
Into the 1970’s and The Reds were like lambs to the slaughter again in 1970 when a ‘Pop’ Robson hat trick and goals for Jimmy Smith and Wyn Davies gave United a comfortable 5-1 victory over a team which contained World Cup winners Nobby Stiles and Bobby Charlton with future mag Alan Gowling leading the line. Roles were reversed in 1976 however despite our 3 pronged attack of Micky Burns, Alan Gowling and Malcolm MacDonald all getting on the scoresheet, two goals for Stuart Pearson helped Manyoo on their way to a 4-3 away success who also had an Eighteen year old David McCreery playing in the centre of their midfield. McCreery was in our starting line-up ten years later as goals from Ian Stewart and Tony Cunningham weren’t enough to stop Manyoo who were helped by a brace from the loathsome Mark Hughes, we managed to avenge that defeat a year later however as goals from Glenn Roeder and Paul Goddard secured victory against the Red Devils who had a certain Liam O’Brien in their side that day.
We were knocked out of the 5th round of the FA Cup in 1990 when goals from McClair, Robins and Wallace were enough to trump our two efforts from Mark McGhee and Kevin Scott as we went down 3-2.
By 1996 we had moved on from the likes of Kevin Scott and were a few points ahead of Man United in the title race; a sensational performance from Peter Schmeichel somehow managed to keep the score at 0-0 during a first half battering before Eric Cantona popped up and he rest as they say, is history. The season after we found our shooting boots and put the same team to the sword in a memorable 5-0 victory with our goals coming from Darren Peacock, David Ginola, Les Ferdinand, Alan Shearer and Phillipe Albert with a spectacular lob which I’m sure you’ve all watched a thousand times since. Finally, 2001 saw another memorable clash between these two sides with us coming out on top, despite taking a 3-1 lead with Laurent Robert, Rob Lee and Nikos Dabizas all bagging, the Red Devils came back to level once Paul Scholes came on to replace a largely anonymous Andy Cole (he was sold only weeks later).
In the closing stages of the game Alan Shearer’s shot was diverted in by Wes Brown and to make our victory even sweeter, Roy Keane was sent off for attempting to punch Gosforth’s finest.