Saturday 10 April, Goodison Park
Sharp (42), Lyons (56), Heath (65)
MANCHESTER UNITED 3
Coppell (31, 47), Grimes (57)
Everton: Southall; Borrows, Lyons, Higgins, Ratcliffe; Irvine, Heath, McMahon, Ross; Ainscow, Sharp. Sub: Lodge.
United: Bailey; Gidman, Moran, Duxbury, Albiston; Moses, Wilkins, Robson, Coppell; McGarvey, Stapleton. Sub: Grimes.
United were battling for third place with Arsenal, Southampton and Swansea City when Ron Atkinson took his team to Goodison Park in April 1982.
The Reds were in poor form, having failed to win any of the previous four matches - including a defeat to table-topping Liverpool three days earlier. United were also struggling to find the net, having not scored for three games. Howard Kendall's Everton had won their last two, both away from home against Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest, but were still destined for a midtable finish.
Action: Steve McMahon wasted a great chance for Everton early on before Steve Coppell’s clever free-kick put United a goal up. Graeme Sharp nodded the Toffees level before Coppell struck again two minutes after half time with a fine individual goal. Mick Lyons' well-taken volley handed Everton a second equaliser, but Ashley Grimes' deflected drive saw the Reds go 3-2 up within a minute. Again United couldn’t hang on, Adrian Heath equalising for a third and final time from long range.
Reaction: The Reds won seven of the remaining nine games, conceding just three goals in the process, claiming third spot and a prized place in the UEFA Cup. Liverpool won the league title, reclaiming the crown they had lost to Aston Villa