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. The 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.

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.

6,500 matches for this Manchester United side

Those last few hours before a match are always nerve wracking ones as the kick off is anxiously awaited. So here’s a piece put together by the Manchester Evening News which could help sooth those nerves. It has selected the ultimate Manchester United starting eleven based on legends who have made the most appearances for the club. A total of 6,500 were made between them and a flexible 4-4-2 formation – with a touch of journalistic license here and there, was used to come up with this star studded, long service line up.