Retro Football: The First Manchester United vs Arsenal ‘Battle Of Old Trafford’, 1990 (Video)

Alan Duffy

20th, October 2011


By Alan Duffy

Back on this day in 1990, Manchester United and Arsenal clashed at Old Trafford in a game which would  sow the seeds of much thuggery between the two clubs in the years to follow.

Nigel “Nutty” Winterburn tackled Brian McClair, who then kicked seven shades of s**t out of the Arsenal left-back. Suddenly, there were 21 players involved in a massive, highly entertaining brawl. Indeed, David Seaman was the only player not to get involved.

Arsenal went on to win the game 1-0 courtesy of a clever Anders Limpar strike although both sides were docked points following the scrap, United one point and Arsenal two.

Here’s Arsenal boss George Graham giving his players a team talk in the aftermath of the points deduction…

The Gunners would eventually go on to win the league that season, losing only one game in the process.

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  1. ollyarsenal says:

    not to forget fabregas landing a pizza slice in fergies face in 2004,when arsenal were robbed of 50 games unbeaten by mike “manutd” riley!!!!

  2. Marty says:

    This is actually extremely biased. but then again, what was I to expect when it came to United against Arsenal? This is the reason why I hate United. Granted, they’re a great team, great manager, great history. But the players – the fans even – pull stuff like this and we suffer more for it. Its pure buffoonery. The title says it all. “Arsenal against United Super-Stars”.

  3. Mizman says:

    Nigel winterburn getting a good kicking, such a shame…

  4. 99RedBaboons says:

    Good one Marty because of course the players and fans pooled together to make a video on youtube called ‘Arsenal against United Super-Stars’ I think it’s only reasonable you dislike them because fans ‘pull stuff like this’. You ameoba.

  5. thumbdrive says:

    congratulation arsenal

  6. scherben says:

    The first real battle had occurred on the 24-1-87, during United’s 2-0 win

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