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20/06/2013 10:10,

Red memories: Ron Atkinson

Ron Atkinson was manager of Manchester United between 1981 and 1986, winning the FA Cup in 1983 and 1985, and in our video he recalls the good and bad times he faced at Old Trafford.

While he wouldn't match the triumphs of his successor Sir Alex Ferguson, nor, ultimately, deliver the title that the Reds had craved for so long, Ron's record wasn't bad. He boasts the fourth best win percentage of any United boss - exactly 50 per cent, behind Sir Alex (59.67 per cent), Ernest Mangnall (54.16) and Sir Matt Busby (50.48). United twice finished third in Division One under Atkinson and claimed fourth spot three times.

Big Ron also took United into the UEFA Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup, where the Reds narrowly lost out in 1984's semi-final against Juventus. That Europe campaign included a 3-2 aggregate win in the quarter-finals against a Barcelona side featuring Diego Maradona.

The 3-0 second-leg triumph against Barça at Old Trafford, overturning the Catalans' 2-0 win at Camp Nou, is fondly remembered by fans and Atkinson, as Bryan Robson scored twice before Frank Stapleton clinched victory on an unforgettable night. "Even to this day, bearing in mind some of the things United have done since, people still say the atmosphere that night transcended anything they can remember," says Ron. "It was unbelievable."

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