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29/02/2008 07:32, Report by James Tuck

29 February: On this day

It’s a free day that only comes around once every four years. ManUtd.com delves into the history books to uncover the handful of notable events that occurred on 29 February…

1976: For once, United fans are forced to relinquish bragging rights as Manchester City parade the League Cup after a 2-1 win over Newcastle at Wembley. The Blues have failed to win a trophy since.

1972: United boss Frank O’Farrell shells out £125,000 – a club record at the time – to sign Martin Buchan from Aberdeen. The centre-half goes on to make 458 appearances for the Reds, captaining the side to the Second Division title in 1975 and FA Cup glory in 1977.

1972: Former United trainee goalkeeper Mike Pollitt is born. He did not make a senior appearance for the Reds and left in 1991, but enjoyed his first taste of top-flight football 14 years later when he joined Wigan.

1992: United legend Eric Cantona scores his first goal in English football, for Leeds United against Luton Town. The Frenchman left for Old Trafford in November that year and the rest, as they say, tout le monde la connaît.

1896: The first of seven games over the years that United have played on 29 February. With half-back

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Martin Buchan

The cultured defender joined United from Aberdeen on 29 February 1972 for a then club record £125,000.

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