The date: April 27, 1974 The venue: Old Trafford The score: Manchester United 0 Manchester City 1 If you’re a Blue, derby days don’t come much better than this. You relegate your bitter rival, and you do it using one of their all-time legends. How sweet it is. The words “And Denis has done it” are now etched in derby folklore, after Denis Law backheeled United into Division Two amid chaotic scenes at Old Trafford. In reality Law’s late winner at a ground where he was once adored didn’t alone send this awful United team down (results elsewhere would have ensured that) but hey, why let the facts ruin a great story? The pure theater the moment provided, and the chaotic repercussions, make this one of THE iconic moments in Manchester football history. From the TV commentary to the way in which Law refused to celebrate sticking the dagger into the hearts of his former Red team-mates. Once the ‘King of the Stretford End’, now he was the man who had sent them ¬crashing spinning out of English football’s top division. The pitch invasion that followed (just think swarming hordes in flared trousers wearing huge bar scarves) saw fences erected… Read full this story
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