Saturday 27 September 1969
Manchester United 3 (Best 3, 48, Charlton 63)
West Ham United 1 (Hurst 21)
Theoretically this should’ve been something to savor. Both on the same points and doing well in the league. Except Man Utd really showed their class at Old Trafford. West Ham tried to keep up but failed considerably. This Utd side sparkled and fizzed. Best was best. Terrible pun, but he was sublime and West Ham had no answers for him. This was a performance which made the entrance fee decidedly cheap. Best swiveled and swerved past the Londoners and the applause from the stadium was well deserved.
Best scored after a mere 3 minutes. Charlton 25 yards out and on an angle, his brain calculating faster than a computer, saw an opportunity. He delivered a thunderbolt, only for Ferguson to swiftly throw his hands at the ball, stopping the shot turning into a goal. Unfortunately for him, the ball was not caught or parried out. It spun away, skimming the ground as a spinning top. Best reached it first, arched himself at a strange angle to meet the spinning top and caressed the ball passed the dismayed Ferguson. 1-0 to United.
But it didn’t take long for West Ham to equalise against the run of play:
In the teams went at half time a goal a piece. West Ham was fortunate to be on equal footing, but Man Utd came out in the second half and completely dominated the game.
Fifteen minutes later the home side took the points as the desperate Ferguson did all he could to stop the third goal, but in the end, his defence let him down.
Manchester United left the field deserved winners. They continue to win and maintain the pressure on Sunderland. If Sunderland stumble United will be ready.
Man Utd: Stepney, Fitzpatrick, Dunne, Burns, Ure, Sadler, Morgan, Kidd, Charlton, Aston, Best.
West Ham: Ferguson, Bonds, Lampard, Howe, Stephenson, Moore, Redknapp, Lindsay, Best, Hurst, Peters.