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BURTON ALBION V MANCHESTER UNITED: TENTH ANNIVERSARY

8 January 2016

On Sunday, January 8, 2006, The Brewers, then a Conference side, were raring to go for the game against Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup.

They had pushed aside Burscough, in a 4-1 Second Round triumph, as well as beating Peterborough United and Leek Town, but this was a challenge that many thought would have been too much for the little Staffordshire club. 

Manchester United had decided to field a team missing key stars for the game, leaving Ronaldo and Rooney on the bench, whereas Nigel Clough opted to send out his strongest starting 11, including Burton legend and skipper Darren Stride. 

The whistle blew for the start of the first half and the Brewers pressed hard early on. 

They didn't have to wait long for their first big chance, in the 14th minute a ball was whipped into the area from a corner towards Jon Shaw, whose attempt was cleared off the line by Phil Bardsley. 

There was belief in the side, they were playing better than one of the most, if not the most, successful club in English football and were making them look like amateurs. At least for 35 minutes, before the Red Devils finally looked like they were getting into the game. 

A flurry of shots fired towards the Albion goal during a ten-minute period, may have led to a few worried fans, however, it was Manchester United who were left sweating at the end of the first half when defender Bardsley had to clear the ball off the line yet again, following a shot from Stride. 

Burton had all the defending to do in the second half, as Manchester United came out strong. Saha had a number of his chances missed, including two goals that were ruled out for offside. 

Deeney was tested by the newly-introduced Rooney, but denied him on a number of occasions, before becoming the hero of the match right at the death, after producing a fine save to deny Ritchie Jones in injury time.

It was a nail-biting end to the match, Burton were putting their bodies on the line, every man was behind the ball, a late goal would have been cruel. 

But that's how it ended, 0-0. Nigel Clough and his team had done the unthinkable and held off Manchester United  and earned a replay at Old Trafford that would certainly help boost the club financially.

Burton Albion: Deeney, Sedgemore, Tinson, Austin, Corbett, Hall (Todd, 90), Stride, Ducros, Gilroy, Harrad (Anderson 80), Shaw. Subs not used: Henshaw, Clough, Taylor
Manchester United: Howard, Bardsley, Pique, Brown, Silvestre, Solksjaer (Ronaldo 59), O'Shea, Jones, Richardson, Rossi (Rooney, 59), Saha. Subs not used: Steele, Eckersley, Campbell
Attendance: 6,191


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