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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.

1991 European Super Cup
Date19 November 1991
VenueOld Trafford, Manchester
RefereeMario van der Ende (Netherlands)




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  1–0  Red Star Belgrade
McClair   67' Report
Manchester United
Red Star Belgrade
GK 1   Peter Schmeichel
LB 2   Lee Martin   71'
RB 3   Denis Irwin
CB 4   Steve Bruce (c)
CM 5   Neil Webb
CB 6   Gary Pallister
RM 7   Andrei Kanchelskis
CM 8   Paul Ince
CF 9   Brian McClair
CF 10   Mark Hughes
LM 11   Clayton Blackmore
DF 12   Mal Donaghy
GK 13   Gary Walsh
MF 14   Russell Beardsmore
FW 15   Mark Robins
MF 16   Ryan Giggs   71'
  Alex Ferguson
GK 1   Zvonko Milojević
RB 2   Duško Radinović
LB 3   Goran Vasilijević
CB 4   Miroslav Tanjga
SW 5   Miodrag Belodedici
CB 6   Ilija Najdoski
RM 7   Vlada Stošić
CM 8   Vladimir Jugović
CF 9   Darko Pančev
LM 10   Dejan Savićević (c)   82'
CM 11   Siniša Mihajlović
GK 12   Dragoje Leković
DF 13   Saša Nedeljković
FW 14   Ilija Ivić   82'
FW 15   Predrag Jovanović
  Vladica Popović

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

Match rules

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