There have been countless unforgettable games in Manchester United's rich history – but which one stands out as the greatest post-war match?
That's a question being answered in an official 'Greatest Matches' book and 4-DVD box set due for release in October 2012. So far, an expert panel has painstakingly selected the top 10 from an initial 50, by factoring in the occasion, drama, significance and quality of each game, as well as that je ne sais quoi which makes them so memorable.
Now we'd like you to decide which three matches are the cream of the crop, with every vote entering a prize draw to win the DVD box set & book plus a signed United shirt.
Here's the shortlist to peruse before voting...
United 4 Blackpool 2 – 1948 FA Cup Final - Matt Busby’s first trophy was secured in swaggering fashion in one of the greatest FA Cup finals ever staged. In their first final appearance for almost 40 years, United fell behind twice in the first half, but continued to battle against Stanley Matthews et al and eventually drew level with 20 minutes remaining as Jack Rowley hit his second of the game, then took the spoils late on through Stan Pearson and John Anderson.
United 10 Anderlecht 0 – 1956 European Cup 1st Round, 2nd Leg - England’s first taste of European football remains the Reds' record win. The Busby Babes lit up Maine Road with a stunning display - Dennis Viollet bagged four, Tommy Taylor hit a hat-trick, Billy Whelan struck twice and Johnny Berry completed the scoring. The Guardian reported: “The Belgians panted vainly at the heels of a team playing superlative football at an incredible pace.”
United 3 Sheffield Wednesday 0 - 1958 FA Cup 5th Round - Less than a fortnight after the horror of Munich, United took to the field with a side cobbled together from survivors, youth