On the 29th May, 1968, Manchester United lifted the European Cup for the first time after a classic 4-1 victory over Benfica at Wembley Stadium. Can you name their starting XI from that historic occasion?
Ten years after the Munich air disaster, Sir Matt Busby led United to the most prestigious honour in European football.
United had navigated past European royalty Real Madrid in the semi-finals, having won 1-0 at Old Trafford before an unforgettable 3-3 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.
In the final, two years after lifting the World Cup in England’s national stadium, United’s legendary captain – who had miraculously survived that harrowing night in Munich – scored the opening goal in the 53rd minute.
Benfica winger Jaime Graca equalised in the 80th minute, taking the final to extra time. It was then that Busby’s side ran rampant, scoring three goals in seven extraordinary minutes, going on to win 4-1 on the night.
“I am proud of them all,” Busby said after the final whistle.
“I think they tease me a little. I thought we would win in extra-time for we were in good heart. They did it against Real Madrid [in the semi-finals] and they came back with heart again and showed what Manchester United are made of.
“When [the captain] took the cup, it cleansed me,” he added.
“It eased the pain of the guilt of going into Europe. It was my justification. This is the most wonderful thing that has happened in my life. I have had a lot of disappointments but this has made up for everything. At the moment, I’m the proudest man in England.”
United became the first English side to lift the European Cup and the second British side after Celtic the year before. Beating two-time winners Benfica, who boasted the great Eusebio, was an achievement that secured their place in the annals of history.
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