In its 50 years, the League Cup has only once staged an all-Manchester semi-final. Then, as now - if Eastlands rumblings are to be believed - the two teams were duking it out for honours. Unsurprisingly, the games spawned plenty of talking points...
First Leg - City 2 United 1, Maine Road, 3 Dec 1969, Att: 55,799
United were under siege throughout the first half as City flew out of the traps, but an outstanding performance from Reds goalkeeper Alex Stepney limited the Blues to just a single Colin Bell goal before the break. Wilf McGuinness' side, struggling in the league but a danger in the cups, improved greatly after the interval and drew level in controversial circumstances. Bobby Charlton tapped in a loose ball from close range, but City defender Tony Book insisted that he had surrendered possession after an all-important nudge from George Best. That goal, although divisive, was almost forgotten amid the post-match storm which followed Francis Lee's 88th-minute winner for the Blues. The former Bolton forward burst into the area and tumbled theatrically under Ian Ure’s challenge, winning and converting a penalty to give City a 2-1 lead to take into the second leg. At full time, an irate Best knocked the ball from referee Jack Taylor’s hands and was handed a four-week ban and a hefty fine for his troubles. United's appeal meant the winger would be available for the decisive return leg, but all talk revolved around Lee's late spot-kick. “A diabolical decision,” said United defender Ure. “Somebody’s been kidded,” echoed manager McGuinness. Lee, conversely, insisted: “I can’t understand what the arguments are about.”
Second Leg - United 2 City 2, Old Trafford, 17 Dec 1969, Att: 63,418
Again, City made a bright start, and United's molehill became a mountain when Ian Bowyer slid home the opener after two earlier efforts had been denied by a combination of Ure and Stepney. However, the start of an