Jimmy Montgomery

Monty: Key United win was fantastic

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by Stuart Vose

Legendary stopper delighted to end 46-year wait for Old Trafford victory.

Sunderland’s key late-season win at Manchester United had an emotional symmetry for club ambassador Jimmy Montgomery.

Seb Larsson’s lone goal secured the Black Cats’ first win at Old Trafford since May 1968, when Montgomery and his colleagues lined up against a Red Devils side who would win the European Cup the same month under the guidance of Matt Busby.

People might say we caught Manchester United at the right time, but Ryan Giggs had just been appointed and that gave them impetus to go on and get a good result as they had done in the previous game

- Jimmy Montgomery

Having kept United at bay in a 2-1 victory almost 46 years prior, Montgomery watched from the stands as the modern Sunderland secured a key three points in their ultimately successful battle against the drop.

And the 70-year-old felt Gus Poyet’s side were fully deserving of the victory, which was made extra special as the Black Cats finished their survival job against West Brom four days later.

“It was brilliant to watch the game having played in the last win at Old Trafford,” Montgomery said.

“We played really well on the day and deserve to win. Records are there to be broken and we did it – let’s hope it’s just the one season before we win at Old Trafford again!

“People might say we caught Manchester United at the right time, but Ryan Giggs had just been appointed and that gave them impetus to go on and get a good result as they had done in the previous game [against Norwich].

“It was always going to be difficult but we went there, played well and fully deserved the three points.”

He added: “To finish it against West Brom was the icing on the cake.

“With them being the last team to survive having been bottom at Christmas, we’ve broken another record there. Now we have to build for next season.”