Manchester United v Liverpool 3-1 (Benefit match)


Saturday, May 17 – 1919
Match: Benefit for the Footballers’ War Fund, at Old Trafford.
Manchester United – Liverpool 3-1 (1-0).
Manchester United (2-3-5): Jack Mew, Moor, Jimmy Hodge, Arthur Potts, Wilf Woodcock, McMillen, Fred Hopkin +4.
Substitution: Ezra Royals for Mew at half-time.
Liverpool (2-3-5): William Scott; Ephraim Longworth, Jim Penman; W. Patterson, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay; Harold Wadsworth, John Miller, Fred Pagnam, Harry Chambers, Robert Terris.
The goal: 1-0 Woodcock (12 min.), 2-0 Potts, 3-0 McMillen, 3-1 Lewis.

It was a listless game, the friendly match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford, but it provided several interesting features. The United introduced a new right full back in Moor, a Staffordshire man, and was easily the most stylish player on the field. His kicking, tackling, and feeding generally were all marked with sound judgment.

Pagnam led the Liverpool line with none of his old dash, and he never looked like scoring, while Longworth was beaten time after time by the crafty Hopkin. Mew was injured in the first half, and the versatile Hodge took his place and brought off several good saved. In the second half, however, Royals, was requisitioned and carried on well throughout.

The game was twelve minutes old when Woodcock took the ball from the feet of Penman and whipped it past Scott, and later Potts, after a clever movement with Hopkin, fired in the best shot of the match which completely beat the Liverpool goalkeeper. A third point came to the home side from McMillan, and just before the close Liverpool scored through Lewis.
(The Athletic News, 19-05-1919)

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