Ron Atkinson

Herd and Stapleton: From Arsenal to Old Trafford

The record books show that Viv Anderson was the last big name player to be transferred from Arsenal to Manchester United in 1987 but two earlier signings proved to be just as significant. Few players have shown the knack of finding the net better than former great David Herd did in the sixties. During his seven years at Old Trafford, the Scotland born striker scored 145 times in 265 appearances. Then there was the Irish centre forward Frank Stapleton who had been rejected by United as a teenager. It was therefore ironic that Ron Atkinson had to pay the Gunners £900,000 for his signature in August 1981. Both Herd and Stapleton proved to be inspirational signings for which the Arsenal contribution has to be recognised.

It’s 24 years and counting for Sir Alex Ferguson

Saturday will be an extra special day for Sir Alex Ferguson as he celebrates 24 years as Manchester United boss. Ferguson was appointed on November 6, 1986 and has since established himself as the most successful British manager of all time. So many matches, titles and memories later, Sir Alex has revealed that his most memorable game in 24 amazing years at Old Trafford are neither of those famous European Cup triumphs but an extraordinaryPremier League match at Tottenham in 2001.

It's 24 years and counting for Sir Alex Ferguson

Saturday will be an extra special day for Sir Alex Ferguson as he celebrates 24 years as Manchester United boss. Ferguson was appointed on November 6, 1986 and has since established himself as the most successful British manager of all time. So many matches, titles and memories later, Sir Alex has revealed that his most memorable game in 24 amazing years at Old Trafford are neither of those famous European Cup triumphs but an extraordinaryPremier League match at Tottenham in 2001.