Date: April 27, 1974
Result: Manchester United 0-1 Manchester City
Denis Law is a Manchester United legend. He also scored one of the most discussed goals in English history against his former side, although the myth is more appealing than fact.
Law returned to Old Trafford with Manchester City on the final day of the 73-74 season. He brilliantly backheeled a late winner and opted not to celebrate. Law believed his goal had relegated his former club. It turns out United were going down no matter what, so Law could eventually remain guilt free.
Even so, the iconic striker struggled with the stigma. He spoke to The Daily Mail in April 2010:
I was inconsolable. I didn’t want it to happen. How long did the feeling last? How long ago was the game? Thirty-odd years. There is your answer.
The subject always crops up. It’s one of those things. It’s always there and I am always remembered for it. That’s a shame.
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