Man United Business As Usual Over Rangers

8 Apr

Manchester United v QPR Saturday August 27th 1983 programme. Courtesy S. Grogan.

This is a programme from the Division 1 game between  Manchester United and QPR, played at United’s homeground,  Old Trafford on Satuday August 27th 1983. See the GOALS.

One of United’s more colourful managers, Big Ron Atkinson appears on the team photo on the cover.

The match ended in a decisive  3-1 victory for Manchester United, with Dutch midfielder Arnold Muhren scoring two.

The first a penalty for a tackle on full back Mike Duxbury in the 1st half and the third a powerful shot from outside the box coming in the 2nd half.United’s second came from Republic of Ireland international Frank Stapleton, a fine header from Mike Duxbury’s perfect cross in the 1st half to make it 2-0 before the finish of the first half.

Clive Allen scored a fine individual goal for QPR in the 2nd half and came within a whisper of making it two, pushing the ball just wide of the post.

Allen only stayed with QPR for two seasons and despite a impressive tally of 32 goals in 49 games scored whilst he was still a teenager, then struggling QPR had to sell and sadly for QPR he didn’t have the time to cement a career that had promised so much and that started in a team that still included QPR’s greatest player, Stan Bowles. Similarly to Bowles, Allen won just 5 England caps.

United would eventually finish 4th in  the League that season, with Liverpool who dominated the 1980s regaining the title.

Arnold Muhren  only stayed with United for 3 seasons, but he famously delivered the cross for Dutch great, Marco Van Basten to score one of the greatest GOALS in footballing history, for the Dutch European Championship winning team in the 1988 final against the Soviet Union.

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