When Manchester United supremo Sir Matt Busby retired at the end of the 1968–69 campaign, Wilf McGuinness was appointed as his successor. A former Manchester United player, McGuinness made 81 league appearances for The Red Devils before a broken leg finished his professional football career when he was only 22 years old.
Manchester United make the journey to North London to take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this upcoming Sunday. The Reds will be without Dimitar Berbatov who is still out sidelined with injury, while Scotland international Darren Fletcher is likely to return to match action after recovering from a virus. The North Londoners may have nothing to play for, but they will no doubt be out for blood against old adversaries Manchester United.
Born and growing up in Accrington, Mike Duxbury signed for Manchester United in the summer of 1976 and eventually made his first league appearance as a substitute in a goalless draw against Birmingham City at St Andrews in August 1980. While at Old Trafford, Duxbury proceeded to make well over 300 appearances for Manchester United and the spectacular wing back gained two FA Cup winners medals in 1983 and 1985.
Manchester United moved a step closer to a Champions League Final with a fine 2–0 semi final first leg victory over Schalke in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday night. Ryan Giggs scored the first goal when the veteran powered a left foot shot under Manuel Neuer in the Schalke goal in the 67th minute of play before a confident Wayne Rooney completed the scoring with an unstoppable shot at the German keeper’s near post a mere two minutes later.
Manchester United travel to Germany to take on Schalke tonight in the Champions League Semi Final first leg. The Reds will miss Dimitar Berbatov who is still suffering from the groin strain that kept him out of the game against Everton, while Ji-Sung Park and Nemanja Vidic could both return to action. As for the hosts Tim Hoogland, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Mario Gavranovic, Peer Kluge, Christop Moritz and Christian Pander are all injured.
Mexico international Javier Hernandez grabbed a late winner to keep Manchester United six points clear at the top of the English Premier League table with victory against Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. Hernandez added to his tally in the 84th minute of the encounter when rocket heeled right winger Antonio Valencia powered down his way the flank and crossed the ball to the free flowing frontman who produced an excellent finish.
Even though former Manchester City and Liverpool inside forward Matt Busby took over managerial responsibility at Manchester United in October 1945, his contract with The Reds had already been signed the previous February. A company sergeant major, Busby immediately went on to transform the sleeping giant of English football.
On 10 April 2007, Sir Alex Ferguson´s Manchester United team advanced to the Semi Finals of the UEFA Champions League after giving Serie A club Roma a trashing that the Italians will probably never forget. The Manchester Reds put on a devastating offensive show as they quite simply demolished their opponents to the tune of 7–1.
After a disappointing goalless draw against a highly confident Newcastle United team at St James Park last Tuesday, Sir Alex Ferguson´s Manchester United side lock horns with Lancashire neighbours Everton at Old Trafford at lunchtime this upcoming Saturday. Although Everton managed to overcome local rivals Blackburn 2–0 at Goodison Park in their last Premier League game, Manchester United are favourites to beat The Toffees.
Hailing from Nottingham, Andy Cole began his fascinating career with Arsenal where he made only one league appearance. After a brief loan spell with neighbouring Fulham, the promising youth player was eventually transferred to Second Division Bristol City for a fee of £500,000 in the summer of 1992. The free flowing Cole emerged as a lethal finisher at Ashton Gate and went on to net 20 goals in 41 league games for The Robins.