Match Of The Week: Everton 0-0 Manchester United (Everton Win On Penalties)

Manchester United against Everton at Wembley Stadium. We’ve been here before, of course. In 1985, they met in the shadow of the Bradford Fire and, unbeknownst to all there that day, just over a week before the Heysel Stadium disaster in Brussels. It seems scarcely credible today, but Everton were the overwhemling favourites to win that day. They had stormed to their first championship win since 1970 and, three days earlier, had beaten Rapid Vienna 3-1 in the European Cup Winners Cup final in Rotterdam. Victory that day would have won them an unprecedented treble – more in one season than their city rivals of the time had managed at the time – but they were sunk by an extra time goal from Norman Whiteside. Ten years later they again met in the FA Cup Final, but times had changed. Manchester United had finally ended their drought with the first Premier League title two years earlier, and they had won the double the year before. There were small causes for encouragment for Everton, by the time of the 1995 final. United had stumbled in the Premier League, handing the title to Blackburn Rovers on the last day of the season, whilst Everton had thrashed Spurs 4-1 in the semi-final. On the day of the final United choked and a solitary untidy goal from Paul Rideout was enough to win...

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