1991 European Super Cup

1991 European Super Cup
Date 19 November 1991
Venue Old Trafford, Manchester
Referee Mario van der Ende (Netherlands)
Attendance 22,110

The 1991 European Super Cup was the 16th UEFA Super Cup, an annual football match contested by the winners of the previous season's European Cup and Cup Winners' Cup competitions. The match was played on 19 November 1991 and featured the 1990–91 European Cup winners, Red Star Belgrade, and Manchester United, winners of the 1990–91 Cup Winners' Cup. It was meant to be played over two legs, but due to the political unrest in Yugoslavia at the time, UEFA decided that only the Old Trafford leg would be played. Manchester United won the match 1–0, with Brian McClair scoring the winning goal in the 67th minute.



Manchester United had the first chance of the game in the second minute, when they were awarded a penalty by referee Mario van der Ende; a free kick from the right wing was hit to the far side of the penalty area by Lee Martin, where the ball was met by Gary Pallister, only for his header back across the box to be blocked by the arm of Red Star centre-back Miodrag Belodedici, who received a yellow card. Manchester United captain Steve Bruce stepped up to take the penalty kick, which he placed to the goalkeeper's right; however, it was at a good height to be saved by Zvonko Milojević, who guessed the direction correctly and palmed the ball to safety before dealing with the follow-up attack.

The only goal of the game came in the 67th minute, again following a free kick. After Brian McClair was fouled about 30 yards from goal in the inside-left channel, Denis Irwin played the free kick into the penalty area; Mark Hughes was unable to reach the ball, but Neil Webb caught Dejan Savićević in possession after an attempted clearance and drove towards the penalty area; after beating Duško Radinović on the edge of the box, he hit a shot that struck the foot of the right-hand post and bounced back into the centre, where an unmarked McClair was on hand to tuck the ball into the net past a stranded Milojević.


Manchester United
Red Star Belgrade
GK 1 Denmark Peter Schmeichel
LB 2 England Lee Martin  71'
RB 3 Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin
CB 4 England Steve Bruce (c)
CM 5 England Neil Webb
CB 6 England Gary Pallister
RM 7 Soviet Union Andrei Kanchelskis
CM 8 England Paul Ince
CF 9 Scotland Brian McClair
CF 10Wales Mark Hughes
LM 11Wales Clayton Blackmore
DF 12Northern Ireland Mal Donaghy
GK 13England Gary Walsh
MF 14England Russell Beardsmore
FW 15England Mark Robins
MF 16Wales Ryan Giggs  71'
Scotland Alex Ferguson
GK 1 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zvonko Milojević
DF 2 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Duško Radinović
DF 3 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Goran Vasilijević
DF 4 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miroslav Tanjga
DF 5 Romania Miodrag Belodedici
MF 6 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ilija Najdoski (c)
MF 7 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vlada Stošić
MF 8 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladimir Jugović
FW 9 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Darko Pančev
FW 10Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Savićević  82'
MF 11Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Siniša Mihajlović
GK 12Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragoje Leković
DF 13Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Saša Nedeljković
FW 14Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ilija Ivić  82'
FW 15Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Predrag Jovanović
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladica Popović

Assistant referees:
Netherlands Cees Bakker (Netherlands)
Netherlands Jef van Vliet (Netherlands)
Reserve referee:
England Eddie Lomas (England)

Match rules

See also

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