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Since the completion of Old Trafford in 1910, Manchester Utd have enjoyed a significant financial advantage over other English teams and indeed, United is the most successful club in English league history. However, rather like the English national team, its story can be seen as one of protracted failure, alleviated by three great eras of management. Award-winning sports journalist Jonathan Wilson has selected ten pivotal matches that he feels sum up the essence of this great club. For the first three matches - 1909 FA Cup Final vs Bristol City, 1948 FA Cup Final vs Blackpool and the European Cup QF away to Crvena Zvezda in 1958 (the match before the air disaster) - there is none or very little video available, so the analysis has been made on contemporary reports and radio commentary, but for all the others, ending with the 2016 FA Cup Final vs Crystal Palace, Wilson looks beyond the snap judgements of player and manager quotes and comments of pundits to discover why the match ended as it did, not just on the pitch but in the way that the club was being run and the manager ethos. Glorious Champions' League wins contrast with a 5-0 demolition by Palace in 1972 and the horror of the Munich disaster and his take on the 1968 European Cup win against Benfica with George Best at his peak is an absolute joy to read. 16 pages of excellent colour and b/w photos, 350pp.

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