Tommy Docherty | United 1-1 Leeds | Old Trafford, 23 Dec 1972
"Manchester United's misfortunes are like Candide's - always appalling, never humdrum," proffered the Guardian as another new man stepped through United's revolving door of managers. "Can Docherty remake [United's] lost reputation?" Against high-flying Leeds, O'Farrell's £200,000 signing Ted MacDougall (soon sold by Docherty) scored one of just five Reds goals, but Allan Clarke spoiled the party with a late equaliser.
Dave Sexton | Birmingham 1-4 United | St Andrews, 20 Aug 1977
"Lou Macari is a lovely little player, isn't he?" Dave Sexton had said before his first league outing at Birmingham; his praise was promptly repaid when Macari bagged a hat-trick - the last Red to do so on the season's opening day. Gordon Hill chipped in with an impressive volley as Sexton's stint started at a canter.
Ron Atkinson | Coventry 2-1 United | Highfield Road, 29 Aug 1981
In a twist of fate Sexton, then the new Coventry boss, handed Ron Atkinson a defeat in his opening league outing. The Sky Blues led until Macari equalised, but Coventry edged it in the second half. "At half-time I'd have put money on us winning," said Ron. "But after we conceded we were always chasing the game."
Alex Ferguson | Oxford 2-0 United | Manor Ground, 8 Nov 1986
The Scot's Reds tenure started inauspiciously at Oxford as the magnitude of awakening the sleeping beast of Manchester United came sharply into focus. "We didn't play with any composure until it was 2-0," bemoaned the boss. "Their confidence has taken a wee bit of a battering." 20th in a 22-team league, things