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League (Premier Division)
|Gordon Strachan (pen.) (29)||
Paul Hegarty (23)
Doug Bell for Andy Watson
John Hewitt for Drew Jarvie
Frank Kopel for Ralph Milne
Bob Cuthill (Winchburgh) (Referee)
After a disappointing 2-2 draw against Kilmarnock at Tannadice on the opening day of the new season, United travelled to Pittodrie to face champions Aberdeen. Jim McLean made one change to his starting line-up from the side which had defeated East Fife 5-2 at Bayview in midweek: Eamonn Bannon replacing summer signing Joe Ward who dropped to the bench.
It was predicted before the game that it would be a tight match between two very talented sides and that’s the way it turned out. United did however take the lead in the 23rd minute: captain Paul Hegarty powering a header past the helpless Jim Leighton in the Aberdeen goal from an Eamonn Bannon free-kick. Bannon was then involved at the other end of the pitch only six minutes later – bringing down Mark McGhee in the box resulting in a penalty for the Dons. Gordon Strachan stepped up and sent Hamish McAlpine to wrong way to bring Alex Ferguson’s side level.
Overall the game was terrific advertisement for Scottish Football with both sides pressing hard to snatch the all-important winning goal. McAlpine in the United goal was on top form and pulled off two brilliant flying saves to deny Gordon Strachan on separate occasions and in the end the match finished all-square.
|Hamish McAlpine (GK)||32||3||-||412||3|
|Frank Kopel (sub)||31||1||-||341||13|