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Flashback: Blackpool v United Cup Final 1948

As Manchester United travel to the seaside on Tuesday night for the first time since 1974, younger fans may regard Blackpool as a newcomer to top flight football but that was not always the case. It was one of England’s leading clubs after the war with legends like Sir Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortensen striking fear in everyone they faced. Their 1948 FA Cup Final meeting with United was described at the time as “one of the greatest cup finals in history”.  United had reached Wembley via a seemingly impossible route that saw them face first division opposition in every round. After beating  Aston Villa 6-4 in round three they had to face league champions Liverpool who were beaten 3-0. That was followed by a 2-0 victory over Charlton then a 4-2 win against Preston. Centre forward  Stan Pearson scored a hat-trick in the 3-1 semi final defeat of  Derby at Hillsborough before facing Blackpool in the final.

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HELP – If you know your Manchester United history

Truly Reds needs your help. While doing a Google image search I came across this photo of the 1982 Manchester United Youth team. The problem is that only a couple of the youngsters can be identified. Fifth from the left at the back is certainly Norman Whiteside, next to him looks like Mark Hughes but I can't tell who the rest of the boys are. United reached the final of the FA Youth Cup that year but were beaten by Watford following a 2-3 away defeat and a 4-4 home draw after extra time. The squad for that final may help jog some memories but it must be pointed out that not all members of that squad are necessarily in the photo.

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FLASHBACK: The 2001 Tottenham v United classic

When Sir Alex Ferguson was asked to nominate his favourite Manchester United game during his 24 years at Old Trafford he had no hesitation in telling the Red News magazine “The one that sticks out in my mind was when we were at Tottenham in September 2001 and were 3-0 down at half time but then we went on to beat them 5-3. It was such an amazing turnaround and the fans played their part too. It was a great game.” United go back to White Hart Lane on Sunday and while it would be unreasonable to expect that sort of drama again, Ferguson will be more than happy to grab all three points once more. This is how Bill Pierce from PA Sport reported on that dramatic afternoon nearly a decade ago.

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