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Football: UNITED AFFAIR WITH EUROPE'S HOLY GRAIL.. 31 YEARS APART.

Wembley Stadium 1968

Manchester U.........4

Benfica...................1

IT took Sir Matt Busby 12 years from 1956 to a balmy night at Wembley in '68 to capture the Holy Grail of the European Cup. Busby's ageing team had failed to win the English title and many feared this final was Sir Matt's last chance to fulfil his ambition of European success. A 75th minute Greca goal forced extra time, before which Busby told his players: "If you pass the ball you will beat them." United did and the rest is history. Busby's pain of the Munich Disaster was eased. "It eased the guilt of going into Europe," he said. "It was my justification."

TEAM: Stepney, Dunne, Foulkes, Stiles, Brennan, Sadler, Crerand, Chalrton, Best, Kidd, Aston.

SCORERS: Charlton 53,99 Best 93, Kidd 94

Nou Camp Stadium 1999

Manchester U.........2

Bayern Munich........1

THE most dramatic European Cup final of all time clinched an unprecedented Treble for Alex Ferguson on what would have been Sir Matt Busby's 90th birthday.

With 90 minutes on the clock United were trailing to a Mario Basler free-kick - but then came two goals in a minute as first Teddy Sheringham and then Ole Gunner Solskjaer wrote their names in Old Trafford history.Ferguson would later say: "People will never forget this team. My 1994 Double winning side had a mental toughness and hunger.. but this crop are the best. They are legends."

TEAM: Schmeichel, G Neville, Johnson, Stam, Irwin, Giggs, Butt, Beckham, Blomqvist (Sheringham 67), Yorke, Cole (Solskjaer 81)

SCORERS: Sheringham (90) Solksjaer (90)

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WORTH THE WAIT: Charlton lifts the cup in 1968
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 24, 2002
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