Tuesday nights European Champions League first round clash with Glasgow Rangers at Old Trafford is the second so called ‘Battle of Britain’ in the last seven years. The two sides met at Ibrox on October22, 2003 where United took the three points with a Phil Neville goal after just five minutes. The English champions did not have everything their own way however as Rangers threw everything at United and were considered unlucky not to at least get a share of the points.
Old Trafford has been the home of numerous football legends over the years but if the Holy Trinity statue of George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton standing outside the famous ground ever needed a fourth member to complete The Four Musketeers, you can be certain that the leading candidate will be none other than their sixties team mate Pat (Paddy) Crerand.
The destiny of Manchester United could have so easily gone in a totally different direction had the father of Sir Alex Ferguson taken the same decision as the rest of his extended family and followed them to Canada in the late fifties. It could have so easily happened as thousands of Scots were migrating to the new world in search of a better life for their families at that time. The young Ferguson was on the verge of doing the same when fate unexpectedly stepped in and changed the course of football history.