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A 50 year old dream which NEARLY came true


A few seconds, just for a few fleeting seconds, I thought that a dream was about to come true at Upton Park last Saturday. Manchester United had somehow come back from two goals down to lead 4-2 with a few minutes remaining and Nani was getting prepared to come on as a late substitute. My mind suddenly went back to the sixties with images of George Best, Brian Kidd, Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and John Aston terrorising opposition defences with a frightening array of  fire power. It was never going to happen again I thought. Imagine Antonio Valencia on the right, Chicharito and Wayne Rooney in the middle, Nani on the left and Dimitar Berbatov sitting just behind them – as Charlton used to do all those years ago. The icing on the cake was Ryan Giggs coming forward from his totally foreign left full back position in the second half! This was the stuff that dreams are made of and only Sir Alex Ferguson could have the vision to even contemplate it.

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FLASHBACK 1958: A United-Arsenal historic classic


It was not a cup tie at Old Trafford but this United vs Arsenal classic at the old Highbury Stadium has gone down in the annals of history. Long time Arsenal fan Norman McMillan who was just 13 years old at the time, remembers the match in an article written for arsenal-world.net. It records the vivid memories of a young boy mesmerised by football magic irrespective of club loyalties. As he now recalls “It was the last League game played by the Busby Babes – five days before the Munich Air Disaster.”

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Scholes has no intention of quitting the new Trinity


It’s a record that is never likely to be broken. The Manchester United trio of Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes have made over 2100 senior appearances between them in a total of 57 years, winning  74 medals, ALL under manager Sir Alex Ferguson – and it’s not over yet with both Giggs and Scholes announcing that they will continue for at least one more season. The statue of sixties legends Law, Best and Charlton has become known as the Holy Trinity and is one of the most famous landmarks at Old Trafford. Can there be any doubt that it’s only a matter of time before a Trinity statue Mark 2 will be erected next to the original one?

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