Here's a look back at the history of Manchester United, specifically key events which happened years ago this week.
1970 August 5th.
Hull City 1 Manchester United 1.
United travelled to Boothferry Park to play Hull City in the semi - final of the 1970 Watney Mann Invitation Cup (the Watney Cup). The match ended in a 1 - 1 draw, Denis Law United's goalscorer.
The match is best remembered as the first in England to be decided on penalties.
United won the penalty shoot - out to secure their place to meet Derby County in the final.
George Best scored the first penalty under this new format, surprisingly Denis Law was the first to fail to score.
1995 August 5th.
Andrei Kanchelskis’ transfer to Everton was on hold because the tricky Toffee's had not paid the £1.1m fee, as part of the wingers contract.
The monies were due to Shakhtar Donetsk, the club Kanchelskis’ moved from to join United in 1991.
The flying winger made 161 appearances for United, scoring 36 goals.
2007 August 5th.
Edwin Van Der Sar Hat- trick wins Community Shield for the club.
United 1 Chelsea 1 ( United won 3-0 on pens). Giggs in 35mins Malouda 45mins.
This game marked the 99 year history of the FA Community Shield, previously being known as the FA Charity Shield. United winning the first competition in 1908.
At this point in time, United had featured in 24 of the finals, winning 16, 12 outright, with 4 shared.
After the 90 minutes in this match, Chelsea and United in a 1-1 stalemate, it was decided on penalties.
Ferdinand, Carrick and Wayne Rooney all converted their spot kicks. United's fantastic huge Dutch goalkeeper saved Chelsea's first three penalty kicks to win the Shield 3-0.
Interestingly this was the 8th time Van Der Sar had been involved in a penalty shoot-out.
His record won 3 lost 5.
1982 August 6th.
How times have changed, on this day United signed their first ever sponsorship deal. Tying up with Japanese electrical appliance giant Sharp, in a contract said to be worth £250,000 over three years.
1994 August 6th.
United's talismanic Frenchman, Eric Cantona was given his marching orders in a pre - season friendly while playing against Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox Stadium, after collecting two yellow cards.
The manager was furious over the decision and stated Manchester United would never return to Govan for a friendly with the (then) Scottish Premier League team. To his retirement date, Sir Alex was true to his word.
1978 August 7th.
Manchester United 4 Real Madrid 0
To mark the club's 100 years existence United celebrated with a glamour friendly against Real Madrid at Old Trafford. The Spanish giants losing out on this occasion.
1993 August 7th.
Roy Keane having recently signed for United lifts his first trophy in his first game for the club.
Manchester United 1 Arsenal 1 (United 5 Arsenal 4 after penalties).
Mark Hughes scored in regular time for United, to help win the FA Charity Shield.
1978 August 8th.
Louis Laurent Saha (forward 2004 -2008) was born in Paris.
Saha made 124 appearances for United in all competitions netting 42 goals.
1984 August 8th.
UEFA intervene to settle a dispute between Aberdeen, FC Cologne and United, involving the transfer of Gordon Strachan the Scottish international midfielder. The Bundesliga side lodged a formal complaint to UEFA claiming they had an agreement with Aberdeen and Strachan for the feisty midfielder to sign for them, losing out when he signed for United.
Strachan's move to Old Trafford was sanctioned by UEFA, however they instructed Aberdeen( managed by Alex Ferguson) to pay compensation of £100,000 to FC Cologne.
Strachan went on to make his debut for United on the 25th of August 1984 against Watford (1-1) scoring the only goal.
Strachan made 201 appearances in all competitions, hitting the back of the net 38 times.
2004 August 8th.
Arsenal 3 Manchester United 1.
Arsenal's 2003/04 double winning side, put Manchester United to the sword to win the first piece of silver in season 2004/05; the FA Community Shield at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.
It was obvious that the two teams had bad blood between them, some tasty tackles littering the early exchanges of an engrossing matchup.
In the end the Gunners experienced players in tandem with a smattering of youngsters was sufficient to see the North London side enjoy their victory.
United's solitary goal was scored by new summer recruit from Leeds United; Alan Smith.
1933 August 9th.
Albert Quixall (striker 1958 - 64) was born in Sheffield.
Albert made his United debut in the Football League Division 1 at Old Trafford against Tottenham Hotspur (2 -2) in September 1958. Quixall went on to make another 183 appearances in all competitions for United, netting 56 goals.
1958 August 9th.
Gary Bailey (Goalkeeper 1978 - 86) was born in Ipswich today.
In one of those twists of fate, Bailey made his United debut in November 1978 at Old Trafford against Ipswich Town (United 2 Ipswich 0).
Bailey made 375 appearances for United, scoring no goals!
1977 August 9th.
Mikael Silvestre (defender 1999 - 2008) was born in Chambray-les-Tours, France.
Silvestre making his United debut in September 1999 at Anfield in a fantastic Premiership victory (2-3).
The Frenchman going on to make 361 appearances, striking 10 goals.
2005 August 10th.
Ji - Sung Park made his United debut today coming on as a second - half substitute for Roy Keane in a Champions League qualifying round, first leg tie at Old Trafford against Debrecen. United running out winners 3 - 0. The goal scorers were Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo.
This encounter was the earliest start to the European campaign in Manchester United's history.
1971 August 10th.
Happy birthday Roy Keane.
Roy Maurice Keane was born in Mayfield Cork.
Roy began his career with Cobh Ramblers after several unsuccessful attempts to gain a start in English football. Brian Clough admired what he saw in the tough tackling gutsy young Irishman, bringing him to Nottingham Forest before he completed his British record transfer fee, £3.75m move to Old Trafford in 1993.
Keane was handed the United captains armband by Alex Ferguson when Eric Cantona made his sensationally shocking decision to retire having won the 1996 -97 Premiership title.
Keane's first season was curtailed by injury after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained in a tackle with Alf-Inge Haaland of Leeds United on September 1997 at Elland Road.
Season 1998 - 99, Roy Keane led United to an historic treble of wins, but was one of mixed fortunes for the feisty Irishman. A red card in the semi-final replay of the FA Cup victory against Arsenal was compounded by a yellow card during " One of the most unselfish displays I've ever seen" against Juventus in the Stadio delle Alpi. Keane putting United in the final of the top European competition for the first time since 1968, United were down 2-0 in Turin, when up popped Keano to nod a header in the net from the corner to bring the tie back to life. Going on to inspire his team mates to record a memorable 3-2 victory (Cole and Yorke the other scorers) knowing full well his yellow card would rule him out of the final at the Camp Nou in May 99. Awesome and simply inspirational a true lion-heart.
Sir Alex Ferguson after the match in Turin “I don't think I could have a higher opinion of any footballer than I Already had of the Irishman but he rose even further in my estimation at the Stadio Delle Alpi.’’
‘’The minute he was booked and out of the final he seemed to redouble his efforts to get the team there. It was the most emphatic display of selflessness I have ever seen on a football field. Pounding over every blade of grass, competing as if he would rather die of exhaustion than lose, he inspired all around him. I felt it was an honour to be associated with such a player."
Keane broke a bone in his foot during the Premiership match against Liverpool at Anfield in September 2005 (result 0-0) this was the last time Roy Keane would play for United, sadly.
Keane was still unavailable due to this injury when on the 19th of November 1997, an announcement was made declaring Keane's United career was over! Bringing the curtain down on one of United's all time legends by mutual agreement to allow Keane to join Glasgow Celtic one Roy's favoured boyhood clubs.
2003 August 10th.
Manchester United 1 Arsenal 1 (United won 4 -3 on penalty kicks ).
The FA Charity Shield at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.
Tim Howard, United's recently acquired American goalkeeper made his debut in this match in South Wales.
Howard making two saves from the penalty kicks; Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Frenchman, Robert Pires thwarted by Howard to aid the Red Devils to win the Shield in front of nearly 60 thousand fans.
Silvestre netted for United in normal time, which was levelled out by fellow Frenchman and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry's long - range free kick.
Tim Howard went on to make 77 appearances for United before being transferred permanently to Everton in 2007 after a season long loan spell.
2006 August 10th.
Another goal-keeper signs for United. On this day Tomasz Kuszczack arrives at United from West Bromwich Albion on a one-year loan deal. The transfer was made permanent in July 2007, in a deal worth slightly more than £2m.
The Pole in goal made his United debut in September 2006 against Arsenal at Old Trafford in the Premiership, the Gunners winning the match (0-1).
Kuszczack made 61 appearances for United in all competitions, being released in 2012 in the wake of ill feeling towards the club who Kuszczack believed had held him back, while Edwin van der Sar was the No1 stopper.
2007 August 10th.
On this day Carlos Tevez is ' Welcomed to Manchester United ' as he signs for the club and United finally complete his transfer from West Ham, the Premier League register the striker as a Manchester United player. Tevez is given the shirt No 32 the same he wore with the Iron's at Upton Park.
Wayne Rooney takes over the No10 shirt, Nani the No17 and Anderson was given Rooney's previous shirt number; No8. All very musical chairs and as wet as an otters pocket!
Do you have a key moment to share that happened to United this week through the years ?
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