Manchester United and Matt Busby

Manchester United Football Club, as a outstanding club around the world, has a long developing history in which the team had secured numerous honors with their efforts. All these honors belong to not only the players but also coach. Matt Busby is such a valuable coach who dedicate to the club and captain the team to a better situation.

In October 1945, Matt Busby was appointed as managerial role of MUFC in order to help the team prepare for the new matches after interruption caused by World War Two. This new manager requested that he be directly involved in training,team selection and even choose the players to be bought and sold without interference from the club directors, who, he believed, did not know the game as well as he did. Such a thorough control over the team was unprecedented in the English game. Busby was originally offered a three-year contract but managed to secure himself a five-year deal after explaining that it would take at least that long for his revolution to have a tangible effect.

In this five years, Manchester United were runners-up in the league in 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951, and won the FA Cup in 1948. This was a hard-won success for a club which had last won a major trophy in 1911 and had spent the interwar years bouncing between the First and Second Divisions.In 1952, the club won the First Division. This is its first league title for 41 years.

In 1951, Busby’s dictatorial control over the team shows its advantage. He gradually replaced the older player with the players as young as 16 and 17 rather than with those experienced and famous. These youth include right-back Bill Foulkes, centre-halves Mark Jones and Jackie Blanchflower, wingers Albert Scanlon and David Pegg and forward Liam Whelan

With an average age of 22,this group of players is called “the Busby Babes” by the media. Busby’s faith in his youth players is proved to be a right decision by two championship of the league in both 1956 and 1957. In 1957, Manchester United became the first English team participating in the European Cup, despite disagreement from The Football League.

On 6th February 1958, a disastrous air crash happened in Munich which kills 23 lives, including eight players of Manchester United and injured several more. Busby is one of the injured and stay in hospital around nine weeks for treatment. This disaster had damaged the team to a large degree.

Busby rebuilt the team through the 1960s by signing prominent players such as Denis Law and Pat Crerand. The new-signed players cooperate with the next generation of youth players – including George Best – to win the FA Cup in 1963. The following season, they finished second in the league, then won the title in 1965 and 1967. In 1968, Manchester United became the first English (and second British) club to win the European Cup, beating Benfica 4–1 in the final with a team that contained three European Footballers of the Year: Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and George Best.

Matt Busby resigned as manager in 1969 after a companion as long as 26 years. It is he who build such a brilliant Manchester United Football Club and bring many eminent youth players the chance to show their talent. He is a remarkable coach no matter in MUFC or the world.

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