Saturday 23 August 1969
Manchester United 3 (Best 32, Charlton 43, 57)
United today showed the same hunger and aptitude as they did in their championship winning season, easily beating a Wolves side that could not compete at the same level as their visitors. It was the Manchester team’s ability to count on individual skill and endeavor that helped the visitors win this game.
Just after the half hour mark a bemused acting Best came alive. Picking up a Law pass 20 yards outside the Wolves penalty area, Best had no compunction in dancing past a couple of Wolves payers before unleashing a quality shot the smashed into the nets.
Ten minutes later it was Charlton’s turn for a sublime twist. From a corner the ball was skewed straight to a waiting Charlton ready to pounce from the edge of the penalty box. Charlton didn’t require an additional touch to control the ball before shooting. He took the ball on the volley and sent it into the net, past a despairing Parkes to make it 2-0.
To make sure it wasn’t a fluke, Charlton repeated his volley goal to make the final score 3-0. United were pure class today and definitely have the credentials to contest the championship this season.