Goal of the Day: Sharpey's super volley

Wednesday 23 October 2019 09:56

Our new 'Goal of the Day' series continues with a Lee Sharpe belter against Everton 26 years ago...

Date: 23 October 1993, Goodison Park, Premier League 

Background: Lee Sharpe arrived in Manchester from Torquay United as a 17-year-old following a recommendation from ex-Manchester journalist Len Noad, and duly set about establishing himself as a key part of Alex Ferguson’s evolving Reds. Sharpe’s sixth season at Old Trafford, 1993/94, would prove to be his most prolific in front of goal – including a barnstorming effort on this date against Everton at Goodison Park.

The goal: In a tight game, Sharpe produced a moment of brilliance to break the deadlock against the Toffees. Eric Cantona collected the ball on the halfway line and his pinpoint pass released Lee Martin down the left wing. The full-back’s first-time cross was headed up in the air and looped towards Sharpe, lurking on the edge of the area. Rather than take a touch, the winger instead unleashed an unstoppable left-footed volley from just outside the area – planting the ball in the back of Neville Southall’s net before the Wales international could even move.

What happened next: Peter Schmeichel pulled off two smart saves in the second-half to deny Tony Cottee and Peter Beagrie, as Sharpe’s sublime strike proved to be the winner in a 1-0 victory which opened up a nine-point lead for United at the top of the league.

Reaction: "I don't usually score goals from outside the box, so to catch one as sweet as that was nice,” shrugged the winger. When told by his interviewer that his goal had been a cracker, Sharpe laughed: “I’m being modest!”

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