What's happening at United this week?

Monday 16 May 2022 07:00

It's the final week of the 2021/22 Premier League season but our away game at Crystal Palace on Sunday isn't the only Manchester United match we're looking forward to.

A team of ex-United players will face off against former Liverpool greats in our Legends of the North fixture at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, and you can still book your seats via manutd.com/tickets. All proceeds from the match will support Manchester United Foundation’s work with young people across the local area.

In addition, there are a host of upcoming anniversaries that we will be shining a spotlight on as the week progresses.

So, as we count down to the final Premier League match of the season, here’s how the next seven days look for the club…

Confirmed: United squad for Legends clash


See which Old Trafford legends will take on their Liverpool counterparts next Saturday, 21 May.


The first day of the week means we will be bringing you brand new episodes of The Debate - our regular discussion show with ex-players Wes Brown, David May, Ben Thornley and Danny Webber - and, of course, the UTD Podcast. The latter will feature another former Red, midfielder Darron Gibson, who rose through the United Academy ranks to make 60 senior appearances.

Monday is the anniversary of two Premier League title wins - in 1999, when goals from David Beckham and Andy Cole sealed a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur to complete the first part of the Treble, and 10 years later when a 0-0 draw with Arsenal was enough to confirm our third consecutive championship.

On this date last year, Casey Stoney took charge of her final match as head coach of our women's team - a narrow 3-2 defeat to Leicester City in the FA Cup. The former England international oversaw our rise from the Championship into the WSL, in which the Reds finished in the top four in our debut season at the highest level.


The brand new issue of Inside United, our official monthly magazine, will go on sale today. Featuring an exclusive interview with cover star Jadon Sancho, it also goes in-depth on Erik ten Hag's football story so far, celebrates last week's FA Youth Cup success and pays tribute to the departing Nemanja Matic - among many more essential reads for Reds fans. If you can't find a copy in your local stores, you can order online via manutd.com/magazine.

On this day in 1969, Sir Matt Busby managed his last game before retiring as United boss for the first time. Goals from George Best, Denis Law and Willie Morgan earned the Reds a 3-2 victory over Leicester. Busby returned to manage the team for a brief stint between December 1970 and June 1971, and he will always be remembered as the man who steered the club to European Cup glory in 1968, 10 years after the Munich Air Disaster.

On 17 May 1990, United defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 at Wembley to win the FA Cup. The initial match finished 3-3 after extra time but in the replay a goal from full-back Lee Martin enabled the Reds to overcome the Eagles and seal our first major trophy under Sir Alex Ferguson.


We'll be remembering United legend Nobby Stiles who was born 80 years ago today. The World Cup and European Cup-winning midfielder sadly passed away on 30 October 2020 and is greatly missed.

Stiles's legendary boss Busby officially retired on this day in 1969, with former player Wilf McGuinness taking the reins for the beginning of the 1970/71 season.

This is also the date when United legend Eric Cantona announced his retirement, in 1997. Signed from Leeds in November 1992, the Frenchman won four Premier League titles and two FA Cups under Sir Alex Ferguson.

In 2021, 18 May was the date when fans returned to Old Trafford for the first time in 436 days, as coronavirus restrictions were lifted. The Reds played out a 1-1 draw with Fulham in front of 10,000 supporters, who were lucky enough to witness a wonderful Edinson Cavani goal from long range.

On this day in 1985, we won the FA Cup after extra time against Everton at Wembley, as Norman Whiteside’s curled finish in the 113th minute clinched the 1-0 victory for Ron Atkinson’s men.

Goal of the Day: Whiteside v Everton Video

Goal of the Day: Whiteside v Everton

On the 40th anniversary of his debut, here's Norman Whiteside's most famous goal, the 1985 FA Cup final winner...


Thursday marks the anniversary of Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1,500th and final match in charge of the Reds, back in 2013. United played out an enthralling 5-5 draw away to West Bromwich Albion, for whom future Reds striker Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick. Paul Scholes also represented the club for the final time in the same match, coming off the bench at The Hawthorns.

Another legendary Red, Ryan Giggs, called time on his illustrious playing career on this day in 2014. The Welshman, who is the most decorated player in our history, announced his retirement 23 years after making his first-team debut.

Former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made his final appearance as a United player on 19 May 2007, when he came on for Giggs in extra-time of our 1-0 FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea.

Ex-Reds striker Diego Forlan will celebrate his birthday and we'll be wishing him all the best, while hoping he scores yet another goal against Liverpool when he plays in Saturday's Legends of the North game at Old Trafford.

The impact Forlan had on Cavani


Edinson has been explaining how he looked up to Diego, ahead of the latter's involvement in our upcoming Legends game.


On Friday, Ralf Rangnick will deliver his final pre-match press conference as United's interim manager, ahead of Sunday’s Premier League season closer at Crystal Palace. You can follow the media briefing live on ManUtd.com, in our App and on MUTV.

On this day in 1995, Mark Hughes played his last match for the club. Hughes enjoyed two stints with the Reds and won consecutive Premier Leagues in his second stint under Sir Alex, in 1993 and 1994.

In 2020, this date was when players returned to training, as part of Project Restart after the COVID-19 pandemic.


Our Legends of the North match kicks off at 15:00 BST when ex-United stars and Liverpool legends will lock horns once again. Tickets are priced from just £8.50 for under 16s, and £21 for adults. There are also hospitality options available from £50, and all proceeds will go to the Manchester United Foundation. If you can't get to Old Trafford, you can watch the game live on MUTV.

One of our former players taking part turns 45 today. Happy birthday, Quinton Fortune!

On 21 May 2008, the Reds defeated Chelsea on penalties in Moscow as we became European champions for the third time, on the 40th anniversary of our first in 1968. In the match itself, Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener was cancelled out by Frank Lampard’s equaliser. In the shoot-out, John Terry's spot-kick miss was punished when Edwin van der Sar saved Nicolas Anelka’s penalty to hand the trophy to United.

On this day in 1977, we won the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool, a result which prevented our opponents from becoming the first English club to win the Treble - a feat we achieved 22 years later.


The Reds conclude the Premier League season at Selhurst Park on Sunday, when we'll take on Crystal Palace at 16:00 BST with the aim of guaranteeing a place in next season's Europa League by beating Patrick Vieira's side. This fixture is not being broadcast live on TV in the UK, but you can follow our updates via ManUtd.com and the United App and listen to radio commentary on MUTV.

We enjoyed FA Cup success on this day in 1999 - when we overcame Newcastle United 2-0 with goals from Teddy Sheringham and Paul Scholes - and again in 2004 as Millwall were swept aside 3-0 at the Millennium Stadium. A brace from Ruud van Nistelrooy and a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo earned our then-record 11th triumph in the competition.

United icon George Best - arguably the greatest player of all time - was born on this day in 1946 and we'll be remembering his genius. Here's to a win on his birthday.

Sunday also marks five years since the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017, when 22 people tragically lost their lives. Our great city and the world at large were shaken by this terrible event, and we will remember all those who perished.