Sir Matt Busby

How we're paying tribute to Sir Matt Busby

The life and career of Sir Matt Busby will be celebrated at Old Trafford today, as we commemorate the 25th anniversary of our legendary former manager passing away.

In a managerial career that spanned four decades, the Scot won five Division One championships, two FA Cups and the 1968 European Cup, while helping to develop some of the greatest players in Manchester United’s history. Busby died on 20 January 1994 and left behind an immortal legacy at the club which he shaped in his own image.

Sir Matt’s ironclad principles of playing attacking football, entertaining the fans, fighting until the end and giving youth a chance will always remain essential parts of our DNA, and his influence was continually evident throughout Sir Alex Ferguson’s illustrious 26-year reign as boss.

Our caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already spoken of his admiration for Busby’s values, which he practised in his 13 seasons as a player and now in his current role.

Our mural to remember Sir Matt BusbyVideo

Today’s visit of Brighton & Hove Albion is the closest home fixture to Sunday’s anniversary and the club has arranged a series of tributes, beginning with a mural that was unveiled on the East Stand earlier this week, just above the bronze statue that has stood tall at the stadium since April 1996.
The wording reads: “Forever grateful – Sir Matt Busby – 26th May 1909 to 20th January 1994”.
Both teams and sets of supporters inside Old Trafford will conduct a minute’s applause moments before the 15:00 GMT kick-off in the Premier League, while our official matchday programme United Review includes a four-page feature on one of football’s greatest ever managers.