Goal of the Day: Remi rounds off Cup win

Friday 08 November 2019 10:13

Date: 8 November 1983, Layer Road, League Cup

Background: Ron Atkinson’s Reds had been beaten finalists in the League Cup the previous season, losing 1-2 to Liverpool at Wembley, but had made up for it by lifting the FA Cup. Having overcome Third Division Port Vale over two legs in the second round, the Reds now faced Fourth Division Colchester United.

The goal: Already ahead through Gordon McQueen’s sixth minute header, United produced a wonderful move to unlock the U’s defence. Mick Duxbury played the ball into Ray Wilkins who exchanged passes with Moses before finding Bryan Robson. The skipper threaded the ball through to Moses, who delightfully shifted the ball onto his right foot before slotting in.

What happened next: The game ended 2-0 to United but the cup run only lasted a further round, Oxford United prevailing from a marathon tie to beat the Reds 2-1 in extra time of a second replay at the Manor Ground. For Moses, it would prove his busiest season at Old Trafford as he ended 1983/84 with 48 appearances and three goals. Sadly, the combative midfielder’s career was cut short at the age of 28, after playing 199 matches and scoring 12 goals.

Reaction: Bryan Robson, speaking some months after the game, was full of praise for this old West Brom team-mate, saying: “When he arrived he was always looking to give Ray [Wilkins] and I the ball. But now he looks for a more adventurous ball and to get forward, which is probably why everyone is talking about him right now.”