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Flashback 1991: The floodgates opened for United

Sir Alex Ferguson admits the European Cup Winners’ Cup unexpected victory against Barcelona 20 years ago was a major step in the club’s development under his control. That famous night in Rotterdam in 1991 saw Manchester United overcome the odds to beat Johan Cruyff’s strong favourites 2-1 and there are echoes of a similar situation at Wembley in this season’s Champions League final.

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FLASHBACK: Garry Birtles nearly died for a goal

In a revealing confession to The Telegraph this week former Manchester United record signing Garry Birtles recalled the torment he went through over thirty years ago when he could not buy a goal for love nor money during his first eleven month period at Old Trafford. He explains what he thinks Chelsea £50m signing Fernando Torres must be going through as he desperately searches for that breakthrough at his new club. It’s an interesting tale which will also bring many memories to older United fans as they remember the frustrating struggle Birtles went through all those years ago.

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FLASHBACK 2008: United on way to Moscow Final

Chelsea comes to Old Trafford for the second leg quarter final of the Champions League on Tuesday night trailing 0-1 following Manchester United’s impressive victory at Stamford Bridge last week. Expectations that a winnable semi final clash with Germany’s Schalke 04 can be secured are high but the tie is far from over. The reigning Premier League champions have long carried an obsession with winning Europes top prize ensuring a pulsating 90 minutes going down to the wire.

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