Manchester Utd Turn on the Style in the Second Half Against Disappointing West Ham

Saturday 27 September 1969

Division One

Manchester United   3  (Best 3, 48, Charlton 63)

West Ham United      1  (Hurst 21)

Hurst got the only goal for the Londoners. Wouldn't have been a fun trip back.

Hurst got the only goal for the Londoners. Wouldn’t have been a fun trip back.

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:

Peters received the ball outside the box.

Peters receives the ball outside the box.

Peters, with his usual eyes in the back of his head pass opens up the United defence as Hurst storms through.

Peters, with his usual eyes in the back of his head pass, opens up the United defence as Hurst storms through.

Hurst one on one with Stepney.

Hurst one on one with Stepney.

Hurst equalises for West Ham. Utd need to start again.

Hurst equalises for West Ham. Utd need to start again.

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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.

Best looking determined.

Best looking determined.

A quick one-two with Charlton.

A quick one-two with Charlton.

Back to Best...

Back to Best…

And the sublime Best puts Utd 2-1 up.

And the sublime Best puts Utd 2-1 up.

 

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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.

Kidd winds up to get Utd's third.

Kidd winds up to get Utd’s third.

West Ham's Ferguson stretches and saves. Unable to hold on to the ball, it ricochets away.

West Ham’s Ferguson stretches and saves. Unable to hold on to the ball, it ricochets away.

Trouble for West Ham as the ball ends up at the feet of Best.

Trouble for West Ham as the ball ends up at the feet of Best.

Another superhuman effort by Ferguson, he pushes the ball onto the post.

Another superhuman effort by Ferguson, he pushes the ball onto the post.

The ricochet ends up with Charlton.

The ball ends up with Charlton.

Charlton, third time lucky, beats Ferguson. 3-1 to Man Utd, another fine performance.

Charlton, third time lucky, beats Ferguson. 3-1 to Man Utd, another fine performance.

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.

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