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The Most Iconic Games Ever Played in Manchester United History

Manchester United has come a long way since the club’s humble beginnings. Starting as an amateur club called Newton Heath formed by local railway workers, the club is now a global giant in the sports world.

There aren’t many people who have not heard of the club whether they like sport or not. They are the most successful club in English football, with 20 league titles among the many honors they have won.

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With such a long and illustrious history, there have been many classic games over the years, here are just a few of the most iconic games in the club’s history.

Man Utd 7-1 Roma (2007)

This game showed Europe that Man Utd was a force to be reckoned with. Losing 1-2 from the first leg in Rome, a victory was essential to keep the European dream alive. They didn’t disappoint.

The game was anything but a classic for Roma but Manchester United, this was another example of their prowess in front of goal.

With two goals from Michael Carrick and Christiano Ronaldo each, the tie was all but over. 

Further goals from Allen Smith, Wayne Rooney, and Patrice Evra completed the destruction of Roma and made for a memorable night for Man Utd fans and neutrals alike.

Man Utd 4-3 Man City (2009)

One of the biggest rivalries in the world of football, the Manchester derby, can be a bruising encounter for both teams. But, this game would be remembered for all the right reasons, goals, and more goals.

Wayne Rooney started the scoring, only for Gareth Barry to cancel Rooney’s goal shortly after. 

Darren Fletcher added two goals for Man Utd, which were counted by two goals for Man City, with Craig Bellamy scoring his second in the 90th minute. The game looked sure to be a draw, but on came Man Utd’s super substitute Michael Owen who scored deep in injury time.

Many City were left shocked, and Man Utd’s fans and players ecstatic. The game was voted the best in 20 years of the Premier League.

Paris Saint-Germain 1-3 Man Utd 

PSG, in recent years, has become a powerhouse in French and European football after the club was taken over by Qatar Sports Investments.

The club received a massive injection of cash and bought some of the best players in the world. And going into this game, they were leading 2-0 from the first leg of the tie, with very few people giving Man Utd any hope of progressing in the competition.

With two goals from Marcus Rashford and one from Romelu Lukaku, another great display from Man Utd ensured they advanced to the next round of the competition.

Man Utd 2-1 Bayern Munich (1999)

This game has often been described as the most incredible European final of all time (especially by Man Utd fans).

The game had everything, end-to-end attacking football, and was a very tight affair. Neither club wanted to make a costly mistake.

In the sixth minute, Bayern Munich took the lead with a clever free-kick from Mario Basler, and it didn’t look good for Man Utd and their injury-hit squad.

The score remained the same until 90 minutes when the English player Teddy Sheringham scored with a right foot volley, the game looked to be heading to extra time, tied 1-1.

Another substitute, Ole Gunnar Solskjaar, pounced three minutes into injury time to score an unlikely winner. This night in Barcelona will always be remembered by United fans and many other football fans as the most incredible comeback in football history. 

Written by Thomas Hein

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