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

by | Mar 17, 2016

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 club will probably see to that.

That said, though, supporters of the club in the spring of 1968 may well have been thinking very much the same thing. Having ended the previous season as the champions of England, Matt Busby’s team had gone unbeaten in the league from the second weekend in November until the third weekend in February before suddenly losing their poise and losing six of their next nine matches. Despite this, the club was still in the European Cup, with a two-legged semi-final against Real Madrid standing between Manchester United and a first appearance in the final of the competition.

On the first Saturday in April 1968, Manchester United were still top of the First Division table, ahead of a triumvirate of rivals, Leeds United, Manchester City and Liverpool, when Liverpool made the trip to Old Trafford for a league match. The cameras of the BBC were there to record it all for the cameras of Match of the Day, the third of eight league fixtures that United would have to play between the twenty-third of March and the twentieth of April 1968. The host and commentator for all of this is David Coleman.

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