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From The Vaults: Man United’s relegation in 1974

Opinion is split on whether 6th place, a League Cup and the Europa League represent good value for money at Manchester United.

It’s certainly not a bad return in a footballing sense but not so much in terms of the level of investment this season. Something doesn’t seem right about a club boasting a world record transfer sitting behind a side in the table that still gives Lucas Leiva a run-out every couple of weeks or so.

Still, if you think this campaign has been disappointing for Manchester United, then you obviously weren’t alive in 1974.

In 1973/74, Manchester United were relegated. Tommy Doherty was tasked with reinvigorating a side that had just lost Bobby Charlton and George Best following a period of decline after the Matt Busby era.

In the latest of our From the Vaults series, watch the video below to find out what unusual decision Doherty took regarding their goalkeeper, what incredible statistic followed as a result of said decision and how a nightmarish end to the season saw three of their fiercest rivals conspire to doom the once-great Manchester United.

 


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