Andy Ritchie was discovered by local team Manchester United and made his league debut in a 6–2 victory over Everton at Goodison Park in December 1977. The trigger happy marksman managed to score 13 goals in 33 league appearances for the club before he was sold to Brighton and Hove Albion for £500,000 in October 1980.
Coming from Oldham, David May started out at Blackburn Rovers where the youngster broke into the first team in 1990–91. A courageous and reliable central defender, May accumulated 123 league outings for The Blue and Whites before Manchester United bought the sought after player for a fee of £1.2 million in the summer of 1994.
Manchester United’s astonishing 9–0 victory against Ipswich Town at Old Trafford in March 1995 still remains the biggest win in the comparatively short history of the English Premier League. Although The Reds were strong favourites to keep the points at home against The Tractor Boys, no one could have expected such a result.
Fabio Capello´s England side defeated old rivals Wales by 2–0 at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday. Frank Lampard provided The Thee Lions an early lead from the penalty spot in the seventh minute of the match before Darren Bent side-footed home a mere eight minutes later to hand the visiting team a comfortable 2–0 win.
According to the latest newspaper reports, the holding company of Manchester United lost almost £110 million over the last financial year to June 2010. Manchester United are said to have been milked of around £400 million in interest payments and charges since the Glazers took full control over The Reds in the summer of 2005. The actual loss is made by Red Football Joint Venture which is the parent company of the Americans.
Manchester United playmaker David Beckham had a field day when Sir Alex Ferguson´s men beat Glenn Roeder´s West Ham United team to the merry tune of 5–3 at Boleyn Ground in March 2002. The Three Lions international hit a magnificent brace while Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also contributed to the scoring.
In March 1969, Scotland international Willie Morgan netted a tremendous treble as Manchester United deconstructed relegation candidates Queens Park Rangers to the tune of 8–1 at Old Trafford. George Best, Nobby Stiles, Brian Kidd and John Aston also made the scoresheet in a convincing and creditable victory for The Manchester Reds.
Edinburgh born and bred, Gordon Strachan started his professional career with Dundee before he decided to join forces with Aberdeen. The midfielder eventually came to prominence in the fine team of the 1980s who won two Scottish League titles, three Scottish Cups, the European Cup Winners’ Cup and the European Super Cup.
Born and growing up up in nearby Urmston, Tony Young kick-started his football career with Manchester United at the age of fifteen. As things eventually turned out, Young would find his first team opportunities at the Old Trafford club exceedingly limited due to the excellent form of fellow full backs Alex Forsyth and Stewart Houston.
Born and bred in Wrexham, Mark Hughes joined Manchester United from school and made his first appearance for the club when he came on as a substitute in a 2–0 win against Port Vale in October 1983. A lavishly gifted forward with a dynamic burst of pace, Hughes finished as top scorer with 25 goals in 55 games two years later as well as helping Manchester United beat double chasing Everton in the unforgettable FA Cup Final in 1985.