What The Papers Said

"There were no extravagant outbursts, no mawkish gestures; just ordinary people remembering an extraordinary individual in the manner of their choosing. And all the more moving for that."

Patrick Collins, Mail on Sunday
05/01/2010 09:00, Report by Steve Bartram
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OT100 #55: Sir Matt mourned

narrow. At the centre of all United's tributary artistry was Eric Cantona, who almost provided the finishing masterstroke in injury time when he chest-controlled an awkward pass, swivelled and shot in the same motion, only for the ball to bounce to safety off an upright. At the sounding of the final whistle, the Reds could reflect on a fitting performance and three vital points; just what Sir Matt would have wanted.

The Aftermath: United opened up a 16-point lead at the head of the table, and the season's end brought a first ever Double for the club, with the retention of the title and a 4-0 FA Cup Final win over Chelsea. Busby's contribution to United had been recognised less than a year before his death when Warwick Road was renamed as Sir Matt Busby Way, but his standing was further underlined when, in 1996, the club unveiled a bronze statue of him on the East Stand frontage. It remains a prominent symbol of United's past, present and future, and a permanent tip of the cap to the man who laid the foundations for so much of the club's opulent history.

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