Tag: Manchester United

Video of the Day: Manchester United vs Barcelona, March 1984

Manchester United travel to Denmark to play FC Midtjylland in the Europa League this evening. Whilst many may be looking forward to having a run in a different competition without the perils of having to play the likes of Bayern Munich or Real Madrid, there will doubtlessly also be some United supporters who would happily jettison their involvement with this year’s competition in order to focus on their increasingly uphill battle to maintain their Champions League place for next season. A win will be the very minimum expectation for supporters wearied by a season that still hasn’t quite got...

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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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