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Flashback: United v Birmingham 2002

When Manchester United travel to St Andrews on Tuesday night it will be on the eight anniversary of the first meeting between the two clubs since Birmingham City’s first ever season in the Premier League. It took place at Old Trafford on December 28, 2002 with manager Steve Bruce facing Sir Alex Ferguson in the dugouts for the first time since his departure as a United legend. He was to get no joy however as United took the points with a hard fought victory.

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Busby paid £29,999 for Taylor + £1 for the tea lady

According to Sir Alex Ferguson, the reason that Dimitar Berbatov struggled to settle into Old Trafford in his first two seasons was purely because of the size of his club record transfer fee. “When we buy a player for a lot of money there is more focus on him” he said  “if they have an odd bad game there is a criticism which other players may not get”. It’s a factor which was well understood by Sir Matt Busby when he agreed to pay Barnsley the odd amount of £29,999  for centre forward Tommy Taylor way back in in March 1953, a fee agreed so that Taylor would not be burdened with the label of a £30,000 player and the story goes that a tea lady was the beneficiary of the extra pound!

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1995-96 Double Winning Cantona goal wallpaper

History was made at Wembley by the Frenchman who seems to do nothing else. Eric Cantona, newly crowned as Footballer Of  The Year scored the goal that defeated Liverpool in the FA Cup final for Manchester United to become the first club to complete the coveted Double twice.

With just five minutes remaining David James punched a corner clear. The ball landed just outside the area at the feet of Cantona who had scored against Liverpool in his comeback game after a seven month suspension earlier that season.  Cantona hit his shot goalwards, through the crowded penalty area and the ball nestled in the back of the net winning the game for United. True to his form all season, Cantona popped up with yet another magical moment.

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