Tag: Manchester United

Video of the Day: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United, December 1970

The extent to which Manchester United’s period of flux in the years following the retirement of Alex Ferguson have their parallels with those following the retirement of Matt Busby are almost eerie. Busby had taken over at Old Trafford in 1945, eventually retiring in 1969, a year after reaching his goal of making United the first English champions of Europe. Busby announced his retirement in January 1969 for the end of that season. His replacement was a former player who had operated on the fringes of the Busby Babes, Wilf McGuinness. McGuinness had been a Manchester United player at...

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Video of the Day: Sunderland vs Manchester United, November 1984

In November 1984, Sunderland were mid-table in the First Division whilst Manchester United were chasing the league championship. Sunderland had spent the previous fifteen years bouncing between the top two divisions, winning the FA Cup in 1973 whilst in the Second Division. Manchester United, of course, had not been the champions of England since 1967 and had spent reasonably lavishly in the early 1980s under Ron Atkinson in an attempt to close the gap on Liverpool, their biggest rivals and the dominant team of the era. This particular season, however, Liverpool were struggling. On the morning of the 24th...

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Video of the Day: Chelsea vs Manchester United, March 1969

Regardless of the relative performances of the two teams elsewhere this season, there’s still an element of event to this afternoon’s match between Chelsea and Manchester United, at Stamford Bridge. These are two of the small handful of clubs to have dominated the Premier League for the entirety of is existence, and their rivalries do go much further back than the invention of Modern Football in 1992. And there are lessons to be learnt from the past, lessons which have been half-forgotten in the mists of time, or repeated as some kind of apparent tribute to Einstein’s line about...

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Mourinho, United, & The Winds of Change

Much as it might all be idle speculation for the time being, it’s difficult to avoid the feeling that a conflation of events elsewhere might have been significant in bringing Jose Mourinho and Manchester United together. At the start of last week, Pep Guardiola – who surely would have been United’s first choice to succeed Louis Van Gaal once the current incumbent finally completes his apparently inevitable departure from Old Trafford – signed his life away to Manchester City. In the middle of last week, a seven-nil defeat against Barcelona left Gary Neville’s future at Valencia hanging by a...

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Video of the Day: West Ham United vs Manchester United, October 1982

By 1982, West Ham United were back as an established First Division football club. Relegated from the top flight for the first time in two decades in 1978, the club had responded by winning the FA Cup against Arsenal from the Second Division in 1980 and then getting promoted back as Second Division champions whilst reaching the final of the League Cup before losing to Liverpool after a replay the following year. Getting promoted back wouldn’t cause the club any significant problems on the pitch, either. In their first season back the team finished in ninth place, and would...

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