Tag: Manchester United

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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Video of the Day: Manchester United vs Liverpool, March 1985

It may only be a match between the teams in sixth and ninth place in the Premier League, but Liverpool and Manchester United have a history that reaches far beyond their relative league positions at any particular time. For today’s video of the day, we’re going back to March 1985 for an FA Cup semi-final between the two sides, from an extremely windy Goodison Park. Liverpool, for all their success in the Football League and European Cup, had at this stage only won the FA Cup twice in their history, in 1965 and 1974, whilst Manchester United might have...

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