Hard on the heels of a 5-0 victory at Easter Road, Aberdeen simply pushed Dundee United aside with ease. The scoreline doesn't really project a true reflection on a match Aberdeen dominated from start to finish. This was 'The Dons' 23rd Premier League victory out of 31 starts and Alex Ferguson's side were beginning to look unstoppable on their march towards the title.
Source: Match Programme, 15th September 1990
The Red goal machine rolled on steadily towards another league title. Over 15,000 turned up in bad weather to see the Dons win an exciting game. The goals scored in this game brought Aberdeen's total to 16 in four matches - championship form.
Despite the imminent arrival of April, heavy snow restricted the Premier League to just one game - the "New Firm" clash at Pittodrie. In Aberdeen's first attack Eric Black and Hegarty had an aerial joust and Billy Stark almost scored from the resultant loose ball. Alex McLeish then put Thomson under pressure from a Steve Cowan corner.
The Dons continued to press and Beaumont blocked a dangerous shot from Stark. Thomson began to gain in confidence as the Dons tested him regularly and he snatched a long ball from Willie Miller off Black's head. He followed this by magnificently fisting over a swerving drive from the Dons' skipper. United were not idle and Hegarty almost scored from a Bannon corner. The home team showed great determination to open the scoring to retain their clear lead at the top and they succeeded in 35 minutes when John Hewitt hit a Cowan corner towards goal. KirkwTood tried to clear it but could not stop the ball rolling into the net. 2 minutes from the interval Hewitt struck a blistering 25 yard drive ast Thomson, who probably never saw the ball zoom past Him.
Dundee United reduced the leeway in 49 minutes when a seemingly innocuous tackle by Stewart McKimmie on Sturrock was interpreted as a penalty. Jim Leighton blocked Bannon's spot-kick but he hit the rebound into the net. A few minutes later Neale Cooper replaced Tommy-McQueen.
United's lively forwards occasionally stretched the home defence and Rirkwood almost scored. Then United claimed another penalty when Sturrock went down but the referee refused their pleas. The visitors stepped up a gear as they pressed for the equaliser and they won a series of unproductive corners. The Dons stunned their opponents by breaking upfield in 70 minutes for Stark to make the score 3-1. Hewitt's cross was head-flicked by Black to Stark and he headed the ball out of Thomson's reach. A minute later Aberdeen scored again when Black's cross to Stark was scrambled away by a disorganised defence to Cowan, who prodded the ball home. Cowan was then substituted by teenager Willie Falconer and United brought on Reilly for Beedie in 74 minutes. Two minutes later the substitute scored when he despatched Bannon's corner kick past Leighton with an overhead kick. This vital victory contributed to Aberdeen winning the league by 7 points from Celtic and, amazingly, 21 points ahead of Rangers.