‘Anders Limpar punched me in the side of the head then ran away’: Brian McClair recalls the 20-man brawl between Manchester United and Arsenal in 1990

Manchester United brawl with Arsenal in 1990
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When Manchester United welcomed Arsenal to Old Trafford for a First Division fixture in October 1990, the FA took the unprecedented step of deducting league points from the two clubs after a huge brawl broke out in the second half.

Arsenal were docked two points, after being involved in a similar situation against Norwich City a year earlier, while United had one point taken off of them.

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Ryan Dabbs
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Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.