Sunday, January 03, 2010
FA Cup 3rd Round :Leeds stun Man Utd with 1-0 win at Old Trafford
Forty-two league places separate League One based Leeds United following the Yorkshire club's dramatic fall from grace during the last decade but Simon Grayson's side showed the rate of their recent revival with a memorable triumph.
Man Utd had not lost in the third round of the Cup during Sir Alex Ferguson's 23-year reign as manager, nor had they been knocked out of it by a lower-division side, but the Red Devils slumped to their biggest upset in this competition since they were dumped out by Bournemouth in 1984.
It was a fully merited win for Leeds too, who were full of endeavour coming forward before Beckford outpaced the Man Utd defence to score and, just as importantly, defended as if their lives depended on it afterwards.
Grayson's men came into the game unbeaten in 15 games and having lost only twice all season but they were still expected to be brushed aside by the Premier League champions, who themselves have found form since their defensive injury crisis abated.
Ferguson will have to look at his team selection, with seven changes to the side that thumped Wigan 5-0 earlier in the week, but he kept Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney together up front and Man Utd should have had far too much fire-power for the visitors to handle.
Instead, roared on by 9,000 fanatical supporters, Leeds set about by first frustrating the hosts and then taking the game to them.
Manchester Utd 0-1 Leeds United
Goal : Beckford 19