Born in Manchester to parents of Irish descent, Shay Brennan leapt into the public consciousness when the defender made his Manchester United debut in an FA Cup Fifth Round match at home to Sheffield Wednesday in February 1958. He established himself in the first team two years later and he played an important part in the brilliant side which won the First Division title in 1965 and 1967 as well as the European Cup in 1968.
Born in Sandefjord, Ronny Johnsen was brought to Manchester United from Besiktas for £1.2 million at the start of the 1996–97 season. After making his league debut for Manchester United as a substitute in a 3–0 victory over Wimbledon at Selhurst Park in August 1996, the classy defender went on to make well over 100 appearances for the club and won four Premier League titles, one FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League in the process.
Manchester United defeated Arsenal 1–0 at Old Trafford yesterday and extended their unbeaten record in the Barclays Premier League to an impressive 16 games since the start of the campaign. The London North club´s ambitions as genuine title contenders were undoubtedly rocked when midfield workhorse Ji-Sung Park scored what turned out to be the winning goal for Manchester United just four minutes before the resumption.
Manchester United play hosts to fellow title contenders Arsenal at The Theatre of Dreams this upcoming Monday evening looking to stretch their unbeaten record in the Barclays Premier League to a highly astonishing sixteen matches. Manchester United have everything to play for in this encounter as a victory against the high flying North London outfit will allow Sir Alex Ferguson´s players to climb back to the very top of the top flight table.
Londoner Ray Wilkins joined boyhood side Chelsea as an apprentice and made his league debut in a 3–0 success over Norwich City at Stamford Bridge in October 1973. He quickly established himself as a regular first teamer and went on to become the club´s youngest ever captain when he replaced Ron Chopper Harris at the age of 18.
Born and growing up in Glasgow, Scott McGarvey made his first appearance in the league for Manchester United when he came on as a substitute in a convincing 5–0 triumph against Leicester City at Old Trafford in September 1980. Failing to live up to the expectations, McGarvey managed to play 25 league matches for Manchester United before he was dispatched to Second Division side Portsmouth for a fee of £85,000 in the summer of 1984.
Manchester United secured top spot in Champions League Group C as they drew 1–1 with Valencia at Old Trafford yesterday. Valencia took the lead in the 32nd minute of play through winger Pablo Hernandez after Alejandro Dominguez had been gifted the ball by Michael Carrick. To the relief of the home supporters, Anderson brought the hosts level in the second half after the goalkeeper had parried a ferocious long range effort from Ji-sung Park.
A Granite City local, Martin Buchan was a vital member of the legendary Aberdeen side of the early 1970s. A reliable and strong central half, the prodigiously talented Buchan became the youngest captain ever to lead a club to glory in the Scottish FA Cup when The Dons defeated their old foes Celtic 3–1 in the final at Hampden Park in 1970.
Manchester United visit Bloomfield Road to take on Blackpool on Saturday looking for their ninth victory of the league season. As a matter of fact, Blackpool and Manchester United have not met in a top flight league match since the days of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath. On the last day of the 1970–71 campaign the two clubs drew 1–1 with Denis Law netting for the visitors and Tony Green levelling for the hosts in front of a 30,000 crowd.
Manchester United will meet their old adversaries Liverpool at Old Trafford in the FA Cup Third Round in January in the only all Premier League tie following Sunday’s third round draw. Leeds knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup last season when they managed to beat Sir Alex Ferguson´s players at Old Trafford in the FA Cup Third Round, while Liverpool were defeated by Reading in their FA Cup Third Round Replay at Anfield Road.