Man Utd history in League Cup semi finals ahead of Nottingham Forest tie January 2023


“The 70s were, all in all, not a glorious decade for the club and we reached all three semi-finals – the first two coming under the tenure of Matt Busby’s successor Wilf McGuinness. That ding-dong tie with City ended 4-3 on aggregate to their rivals our crosstown, with Mike Summerbee’s 68th-minute goal proving crucial in the second leg at Trafford.The Blues went on to lift the Wembley trophy.

Twelve months on and, despite the best efforts of Brian Kidd, who scored a goal in both legs, United were beaten 3-2 by Aston Villa two days before Christmas and a week after McGuinness was replaced by Busby at the helm. We reached our third and final semi-final in the 1970s during our exile in the second division. Norwich City, who were relegated from the top flight last season, ran out 3-2 winners with Colin Suggett setting up a goal at Carrow Road.

1969/70 – United 3 Man City 4

1970/71 – United 2 Town 3

1974/75 – United 2 Norwich 3


Britain’s first success at this stage of the competition came under the management of Ron Atkinson, whom we memorably struck with the sword of Arsenal. Norman Whiteside, Frank Stapleton and Steve Coppell (twice) scored as the Reds raced towards the Highbury goal, before two late Gunners goals restored a little home pride. Atkinson’s men were never really troubled at Old Trafford eight days after the return, with Coppell again suffering from scurvy. Liverpool would deny us in the final, as our six-year silverware drought finally ended in the FA Cup season.

1982/83 – United 6 Arsenal 3

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