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It was a night of firsts.
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Arguably the night Manchester fell in love with the European Cup. At one point in the first leg in the Basque Country, United trailed 5-2. A virtuosic solo goal from Billy Whelan reduced the arrears five minutes before time, but the Reds still had plenty to do back in England. Goals from Dennis Viollet and Tommy Taylor drew the scores level on aggregate, in front of a mammoth 70,000 crowd at Maine Road – used ahead of Old Trafford due to its floodlights – before Johnny Berry struck minutes before time to prevent a replay.
“You could hear the shouts from over in Oldham, I believe,”recalled United fan and author Brian Hughes in a 1990s documentary, Reds In Europe.
“I heard people tell me the next day, where I used to work on Smithfield Market. The fellas from Oldham said, ‘I heard all the roaring going on!’“
“Matt had told us to keep it tight early on,”remembered Paddy Crerand, but the Ulsterman was having none of it. Within 16 minutes United were 3-0 up – Best having scored twice. The final score was a sensational 5-1, with the two-times champions humbled in their own back yard. Best transformed into a superstar overnight, and United were reinstated as European heavyweights, eight years after Munich.
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