Tag: Manchester United

Video of the Day: Manchester United vs Liverpool, April 1968

This evening at Old Trafford, Manchester United face the herculean task of overcoming a two goal deficit against Liverpool in the second leg of their Europa League match. It’ll certainly be a tall order, and between this match and their FA Cup replay against West Ham United next week, the overall complexion of the club’s season may well come to be defined over the next five days or so. If there are any consolations that Manchester United supporters can take from all of this, it’s probably that this state of affairs won’t last forever. The financial might of the...

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Video of the Day: Reading vs Manchester United, August 1970

Football clubs have always been a bit of a bunch of suckers for pre-season tournaments. With sponsors more than happy to throw money at them and the opportunity to raise a little money from gate receipts, the temptation to give players a bit of a run out in something approaching a competitive environment has long been an offer too good to pass up. The arrival of The Watney Mann Invitiation Cup – better known as The Watney Cup – was one such curio. Running from 1970 until 1973, it pitted the two highest scoring teams from each division of...

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Video of the Day: Manchester United vs Liverpool, February 1983

The Europa League has thrown up a little something to please television schedulers this evening, as Liverpool and Manchester United face off against each other in European competition for the first time at Anfield this evening. It says something for the last couple of seasons that both clubs have had that this should be occurring in the Europa League rather than the Champions League, but such considerations will probably be quite a long way from the forefront of anybody’s thoughts as the clubs kick-off tonight. This is, of course, one of English football’s angrier rivalries, and with neither club...

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Video of the Day: Manchester United vs Dundee United, 1984

When Manchester United saw the draw for the last sixteen of the 1984/85 UEFA Cup, there can be little doubt that the scale of the challenge ahead of them. Dundee United had been the champions of Scotland two seasons earlier, and during the previous season they’d reached the semi-final of the European Cup, beating Hamrun Spartans, Standard Liege and Rapid Vienna before losing to AS Roma in a tie clouded in controversy, with rumours of match-fixing in the air. Make no mistake about it, the Dundee United team of the mid-1980s were nobody’s fools. Manchester United’s league season hadn’t...

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Video of the Day: Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion, December 1978

Much as it may seem difficult to believe to our modern, multi-cultural eyes, there was a time when having three black players in the same was treated as if it was a novelty. The signing of Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson by West Bromwich Albion was considered dangerously exotic by some and a reason to spew hatred and bile by others. These three players, however, were the spark behind the West Bromwich Albion team of the time, a team that was packed with skill and creativity yet somehow managed never to win a major trophy. Nicknamed –...

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