George Mulhall

Game of the Day: Man Utd 1 SAFC 2

by Ashley Houghton

We revisit a classic from '68.

Manchester United 1 Sunderland 2

11th May 1968

Alan Brown’s Sunderland pulled off a remarkable victory at Manchester United that inevitably handed the Division One title to United’s arch rivals Manchester City.

Brown concentrated on tightening the defence up, recalling Charlie Hurley to the team and slipping Martin Harvey in at right-back.

It was an intense period of the season for the Red Devils; they had to win this game and hope that Joe Mercer’s City team failed to win at Newcastle in order to take the title for the second successive season.

In addition to that, they had a European Cup semi-final second leg in the Santiago Bernabeu on the Wednesday night and, though they led Real Madrid by a single goal from the first leg, the Spaniards were still a formidable force.

Colin Suggett opened the scoring at the near post from a Bruce Stuckey cross before a rare header from George Mulhall (pictured) was met by roars from the thousands of Sunderland fans scattered all over Old Trafford.

George Best pulled one back just before half time, but the visitors were never under any real pressure as United huffed and puffed to no avail against Colin Todd, Hurley and their fellow defenders .

United’s defeat meant they would have lost the title regardless of the result in City’s game with Newcastle, though Mercer’s side won 4-3 on Tyneside.

Sunderland: Montgomery, Harvey, Ashurst, Hurley, Todd, Porterfield, Harris, Herd, Stuckey, Suggett, Mulhall.

Sub not used: Brown.