Q is for Queiroz

“Carlos improved a lot of things around United. The entire medical side is fantastic, for example. That is all down to Carlos’ vision of the future, which I would not have had.”

- Sir Alex Ferguson
15/04/2009 06:43, Report by Steve Morgan
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Portuguese links: Q-Z

Our alphabetical list of United's connections with Portugal concludes with Q to Z...

Q is for Queiroz
He was a relative unknown when he became Steve McClaren’s replacement at Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, but Portuguese tactician Carlos Queiroz wasted little time building an enduring legacy. Across two spells as assistant manager, he played a pivotal role in securing three Premier League titles, the Champions League and the Carling Cup. He also helped galvanise the club off the field, with pioneering training methods and scouting links that allowed the Reds to steal a march in signing bright young things such as Nani and Anderson. Luiz Felipe Scolari’s decision to join Chelsea in the summer of 2008 created an irresistible vacancy with the Portuguese national team. Carlos admitted he was taking the job ‘with a heavy heart’, but his influence remains strong in M16.

T is for ‘ten per cent of the budget’
The cheeky comparison of his own resources with those at the Reds’ disposal, made by soundbite-seeking Jose Mourinho in 2004, following his side’s second round first-leg win against United. He had a bigger budget this year with Inter, but revenge was ours.

R is for the River Douro
This waterway holds many happy memories for United’s travelling faithful. On its picturesque banks, the Red army gathered to party in the sun – and imbibe the odd bottle of Superbock – before the quarter-final second-leg game at Estadio das Antas in 1997.

S is for Sombrero
The soon-to-be-famous souvenir sported by George Best on the way home after he cut loose and single-handedly destroyed Benfica on their own patch (see ‘U’) in the 1965/66 European Cup quarterfinal. S is also for Stadio da Luz, the stadium where it happened.

U is for unbeaten record
Benfica had never lost a European game on home soil: until Wednesday 9 March 1966. Their record read: played 19, won 18, drawn one; goals for 78, goals against 14. That impregnability was, however, wiped out in just 14 minutes. United travelled

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