To select just five memories from Manchester United’s glorious past is an incredibly difficult task! A club that is steeped in history which has enjoyed consistent success since its formation has given us a plethora of options to choose from. That said, we have now managed to narrow it down to 5 key events which I’m sure many of you will recognise. It is worth pointing out that these are only personal choices; so many more could have made the grade.
1968 European Champions!
Surely one of the least arguable memories, is the 1968 European Cup won by the Manchester United side led by the famous Sir Matt Busby. Just 10 years after the ‘Munich Air Disaster’ - the tragic event that rocked the footballing community and which is still commemorated today, the club’s reformed team managed to become champions of Europe. This astonishing feat was no doubt possible because of Busby’s style and determination. He even had to deal with speculation that the club would fold. No doubt the success was also contributed to by the legends known as Denis Law, George Best and Bobby Charlton (a survivor of the 1958 air disaster). Defeating Benfica 4-1 in the final, this is the first of our magical moments.
1990: Fergie’s first trophy!
And what a way to win! Under increasing pressure to secure a trophy, Sir Alex Ferguson led the ‘Red Devils’ out at Wembley against a Crystal Palace side which featured the new talent, Ian Wright. Drawing 3-3 in the first encounter, the game was sent into a replay which was decided by Lee Martin’s 59th minute goal.
1999: The treble
The treble of 1999 included a Premier League championship, an FA Cup victory over Newcastle and, most impressively, a European Champions League victory over Bayern Munich. United left it late to seal the treble as they were trailing until the last minute of the final. When Teddy Sheringham equalised in injury time, everyone thought the match would head into extra time. That is, everyone apart from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who netted an incredible winner just a minute later! 2-1 United and the new champions of Europe!
2008: Champions league winners again!
When United faced Chelsea in the 2008 Champions league final, England became proud of their European dominance. The final certainly lived up to expectations as a 1-1 draw forced the game into extra time, and then penalties. When John Terry slipped and Nicholas Anelka’s shot was saved by Van Der Sar, United recovered their European title!
2013: Fergie’s last game
A 5-5 draw at West Bromwich Albion may not sound like one of the best moments in the club’s history, however this game will be largely remembered for the occasion: Alex Ferguson’s last game. Standing ovations before and after the game live vividly in the imaginations of many United supporters, at the end of a season where United won yet another Premier League title.