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Saturday, September 12, 1998 Published at 22:04 GMT 23:04 UK


Yorke leads way in United win

Yorke - quickly becoming an Old Trafford favourite

Manchester United 2-0 Coventry

Dwight Yorke scored his third goal for the soon-to-be Sky Reds as they cruised to victory over the Sky Blues at Old Trafford.


BBC Radio 5 Live match summary
United's record 12.6m signing followed his double against Charlton in midweek with a tap-in after 20 minutes.

Ronny Johnsen added a second just after the interval to underline United's superiority and seal the points.

But manager Alex Ferguson felt there was room for improvement, saying: "The second goal came too early because I felt we went to sleep after that."

Coventry's plight was made worse by a long injury list and boss Gordon Strachan gave debuts to recent signing Marc Edworthy and 19-year-old Dubliner Barry Quinn.

United fans opposed to the BSkyB deal handed out leaflets outside the ground but there was little sign of discontent once the game got under way.

Paul Telfer gave United an early fright when he nodded the ball wide of Peter Schmeichel's goal early on following a poor defensive header from Jaap Stam.

Yorke headed wide from David Beckham's cross as United turned the screw.

Coventry felt aggrieved when Darren Huckerby broke through and netted, only to be ruled offside, but there was no argument over Yorke's goal for United after 20 minutes.

Magnus Hedman failed to clear Beckham's cross and Paul Scholes played the ball back in for Yorke to turn it home into the unguarded net.

David Burrows was booked on 31 minutes after he scythed Beckham down and Phil Neville shot over after 37 minutes following a penetrating run by Ryan Giggs.

A crowd of 55,193 crowd, the biggest of the season so far, saw Yorke almost grab a second when he got on the end of a deflected shot, but Hedman saved the former Aston Villa man's point-blank effort.

United doubled their lead two minutes after the interval with a rare Johnsen effort. Yorke's shot from a corner was blocked but the Norwegian got a touch to score his third league goal for United.

Beckham was just inches away from scoring a third after 56 minutes from a free-kick. George Boateng fouled Scholes 20 yards out, and Beckham curled the ball just past Hedman's goal.

But he displayed the petulant side to his character when he was booked for disputing a free-kick, and when Yorke tried to intervene he was shown the yellow card as well.

Coventry threatened to pull one back when first Phil Neville headed Telfer's cross away from an unguarded goal and George Boateng shot tamely at Schmeichel from a good opening.

Such was United's control that Ferguson replaced Beckham and Giggs with Nicky Butt and Jesper Blomqvist 12 minutes from time.

Boateng thought he had pulled a goal back for the visitors seven minutes from when he scored direct from a free-kick.

But the referee had ruled it was indirect and Telfer shot straight at Schmeichel from the second attempt.

Man Utd: Schmeichel, G. Neville, Johnsen, Stam, Beckham, Giggs, P. Neville, Keane, Scholes, Yorke, Solskjaer. Subs: Cole, Blomqvist, Van Der Gouw, Berg, Butt.

Coventry: Hedman, Edworthy, Burrows, Breen, Wallemme, Telfer, Huckerby, Dublin, Boateng, Shaw, Quinn. Subs: Ogrizovic, Shilton, Hall, Williams, Soltvedt.

Referee: U Rennie (Sheffield)



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