Conceivably, one of Gerry Daly´s finest performances for Manchester United arrived in the Football League Division One win over Tottenham Hotspur in front of a 50,000 plus crowd at Old Trafford on the sixth of September 1975. The Dubliner dominated the midfield throughout the game and scored two goals in the 3–2 victory over Spurs.
Newly promoted Manchester United had won four of their previous five fixtures in League Division One before the visit of Terry Neill´s Tottenham Hotspur side and The Red Devils were massive favourites to overcome the White Hart Lane outfit. And as expected by most pundits before the encounter, Thomas Henderson Docherty´s Manchester United players took the initiative from the very first minute of the game and the Old Trafford club were 2–1 up at the break thanks to an own goal from unfortunate Tottenham midfield motor John Pratt and a Gerry Daly strike. Following the half time refreshments, the Republic of Ireland international playmaker proceeded to produce his second goal of the afternoon for the red shirts to make the scoreboard at Old Trafford read 3–2 in the favour of the aggressive and rampant home side Stream Fodbold Live.
The two consolation goals for the North London team were recorded by free flowing frontrunner Chris Jones and England international central attacker Martin Chivers respectively and the result was perhaps tough luck on Spurs because there was nothing wrong with their response after the third goal against them as their frontline came close to scoring an equaliser on a number of occasions in the latter stages of the second period of the contest. The memorable 1975–76 season, under the disciplined and inspiring leadership of Tommy Docherty, eventually saw Manchester United end third in the English First Division table, as well as reaching the FA Cup Final. During his time with Manchester United, Gerry Daly managed to notch up a fine total of twenty-three goals in 111 Football League appearances for The Reds of Manchester between 1973 and 1977.
Later during his professional footballing life, the fierce tackling and strong running midfield man would provide sterling service to Derby County, New England Tea Men, Coventry City, Leicester City, Birmingham City, Doncaster Rovers, Shrewsbury Town, Stoke City and Telford United before he called it a day at the end of the 1990–91 campaign. Tommy Docherty: “I took quite a bit of stick when I got rid of George Best, especially from people such as Paddy Crerand, who used to be on the staff. They were saying that I was wrong and that I had made a mistake. But George just kept on going missing at the time: Miss America, Miss Canada, Miss Great Britain. I will tell you this: George Best was a better player than Mario Balotelli. They would not belong on the same ball park.” Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Brian Greenhoff, Jimmy Nicholl, Stewart Houston, Martin Buchan, Gerry Daly, Lou Macari, Sammy McIlroy, Tommy Jackson, Steve Coppell, Stuart Pearson.
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