Wednesday, August 27 – 1947
Match: Football League, First Division, at Maine Road, kick-off: 18:30.
Manchester United – Liverpool 2-0 (1-0).
Referee: Mr. H. Hartley (Bolton).
Manchester United (2-3-5): Jack Crompton; Johnny Carey, John Aston; Jack Warner, Allenby Chilton, Bill McGlen; Jimmy Delaney, John Morris, Jack Morris, Stan Pearson, Charlie Mitten.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Cyril Sidlow; Jim Harley, Ray Lambert; Phil Taylor, Laurie Hughes, Bob Paisley; Billy Watkinson, Jack Balmer, Albert Stubbins, Stan Palk, Billy Liddell.
The goals: 1-0 Morris (26 min.), 2-0 Pearson (70 min.).
When the Liverpool board meets to select the team for the match at Stoke City on Saturday it is certain they will have to consider calling in Bernard Ramsden, freshly back from a summer in the United States.
Jim Harley, falling back to make a typical last-minute tackle on Mitten at Manchester last night, so badly damaged his right knee that he must be out of the game for some time. His hobbling at outside left for the last hour, brave as it was, meant that his side had eleven on the field in theory only, and from that point United did their job with serene confidence until the injury occurred.
There was no disgrace for the beaten in this defeat, since, after the first five minutes Liverpool were the better side until Morris’s goal, the lead up to which on the left wing was so suspicious that people with a good view of it said “Off side definitely.”
Without Jones, who was unfit, and without Harley for an hour, and suffering from decisions as uneven as the bumpy ground, Liverpool fought splendidly thought it must have been plain to them that they had little or no chance of pulling the game round.
On the credit side there was the magnificent centre half-back play of Hughes; some beautiful timing of interventions of the ball by Lambert, and fine goalkeeping by Sidlow, with the early Stubbins-Liddell work too good for the United defence. Liddell sped past Irish international Carey as surely as Lambert tied up Scottish winger Delaney. As for Hughes, it was as if he set up a personal balloon barrage against ‘?????’ in the air.
Phil Taylor, as right back, and Palk, at right half, in a reconstituted eleven after the first half hour did their best in uncommon rules. But Liddell’s value was lost at inside left, even though he tried unceasingly.
It was far from being the match anticipated. There were many mistakes and a United display of “temperament.” Which came strangely from players who can get their share of limelight by orthodox football methods.
(Liverpool Echo, 28-08-1947)