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Tuesday 24 December 2013

On this day in 1995: Yeboah on target as Leeds sink Man Utd

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall a 3-1 win for Leeds against the champions

  • Ghanaian forward Tony Yeboah scored as Leeds earned a fine 3-1 win over Man Utd

  • Gary McAllister opened the scoring with the 100th domestic goal of his career

  • Andrew Cole scored one for the visitors, who eventually won the League title

  • But Brian Deane also got on the score sheet as the Yorkshire side were victorious

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

24 December 1995 - Leeds United 3-1 Manchester United

Gary McAllister scored the 100th domestic goal of his career and Tony Yeboah was also on target as Leeds earned a Christmas cracker of a Barclays Premier League win over Manchester United.

McAllister reached his landmark with an early penalty and his strike inspired his side to victory.

Neither team approached the match in good form with Leeds suffering a 6-2 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday the weekend before and Manchester United failing to win any of their previous four fixtures.

Leeds made the ideal start by taking a fifth-minute lead when McAllister notched up his century of goals from the penalty spot after handball by Nicky Butt.

The visitors drew level on the half hour mark as Andy Cole pounced on a slip in the Leeds midfield to race away and score.

Yeboah, who lit up the Barclays Premier League with 24 goals in two seasons, including stunning strikes against Liverpool and Wimbledon, restored the hosts' lead before the break. He pounced on a header from Tomas Brolin, surged into the penalty area and lifted the ball over the onrushing Peter Schmeichel.

Brolin was also involved in the decisive third goal as his chip was headed in by Brian Deane.

"It's easier to look good against a team who come here to try and win the match," Leeds manager Howard Wilkinson said. "If we’ve got to learn one thing it’s when a game is difficult to be won, you have to be patient and make sure above all else that you don’t lose it."

The visitors stayed second in the table but were now 10 points behind leaders Newcastle United, while Leeds remained in ninth.

Manchester United ended up overhauling Newcastle with a strong finish to the campaign and took the title, while Leeds finished 13th.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Tony Yeboah scored as Leeds beat eventual Barclays Premier League champions Man Utd 3-1 at Elland Road