Busby Babe Bill Foulkes

Former Manchester United captain Bill Foulkes, who survived the 1958 Munich air crash, has died aged 81.

Only Sir Bobby Charlton, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes have played more times for United than the Busby Babe, who made 688 appearances.

Sir Bobby Charlton said the defender was a "marvellous man" and United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward added "he will never be forgotten".

St Helens-born Foulkes played for United in their 1968 European Cup win. Foulkes was a key member of Sir Matt Busby's team of talented young players, who were nicknamed the Busby Babes. On 6 February 1958, the plane that was carrying the team back from Belgrade crashed in a blizzard after re-fuelling at Munich airport. Twenty-three people died - eight players, eight newspaper journalists and seven members of backroom staff.

Speaking about the disaster in 2008, Foulkes said he had been "put in a bad way" by the crash. "The back end came up and I saw it came up and down again and this meant all the stuff came out of the back and hit me in the back of the head." However, he managed to escape from the plane and ran to safety before returning to help the survivors. "I ran over to Matt and we put an overcoat underneath him and he just turned over, groaned and passed out," he said.

After the Munich tragedy, Foulkes took over the captaincy and became a pillar of some of United's most successful teams. Foulkes was a four-time league champion and a FA Cup winner. He also won the European Cup at Wembley with United, when the team beat Portuguese side Benfica 4-1 in 1968.

Crunch time for United

Manchester United v Liverpool.
Capital One Cup third round. (Wednesday, 25 September. 7.45pm).

Under new manager David Moyes, United have made their worst start to a season in nine years. Admittedly they've had a tough fixture list, but the Scotsman will give everything to ensure his team emerge with victory.

Wayne Rooney says it's the "ideal game" for United at this juncture, but Liverpool's supporters would love nothing more than turning the screw on their bitter rivals. Manager Brendan Rodgers might just be more motivated by seeing Luis Suarez make a swift return to goal-scoring ways, while avoiding any unnecessary dramas.

"I have no doubt that, having been out, Luis will be even hungrier but his commitment and fight for the cause will still be the same," he said.

Remember: At Old Trafford, the Red Devils have won each of their last five matches with Liverpool in all competitions.

Manchester United fans hold their scarves through fences at the Stretford End

Manchester United 3 Manchester City 1

Young United fans lean through the fences with their scarves at the Stretford End at Old Trafford. (05/03/1977).

The Greatest Moment in Football History

The final 3 minutes of Manchester United v Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League Final.

A single UEFA camera covered the last 3 minutes. This is the rare pitch side footage of that beautiful night in Barcelona. Enjoy!

Alex Ferguson's 1,500th and final game in charge of Manchester United

Farewell Fergie!
Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of Manchester United for the last time against West Brom, but Wayne Rooney missed Manchester United's final game of the season.

Final Score: Manchester United 5 West Bromwich Albion 5

Alex Ferguson was given a guard of honour from both teams and an amazing ovation from the fans as he walked onto the pitch.

Sir Alex Ferguson's final speech - Goodbye Old Trafford

Watch Sir Alex Ferguson's final speech to the 76,000 crowd at Old Trafford.

Manchester United's Trophy Cabinet

Manchester United's Trophy Cabinet

Premier League (13) 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13

First Division (7) 1907–08, 1910–11, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1964–65, 1966–67

FA Cup: (11) 1908–09, 1947–48, 1962–63, 1976–77, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1989–90, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04

League Cup: (4) 1991–92, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10

FA Charity/Community Shield: (19) 1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965*, 1967*, 1977*, 1983, 1990*, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011

European Cup / UEFA Champions League: (3) 1967–68, 1998–99, 2007–08

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: (1) 1990–91

European Super Cup: (1) 1991

Intercontinental Cup: (1) 1999

FIFA Club World Cup: (1) 2008

End of an Era - Fergie lifts trophy on farewell

Alex Ferguson lifts the Premier League trophy on his Old Trafford farewell after seeing his Manchester United side win 2-1 against Swansea in his last home game as manager

He was greeted with applause and cheering as the crowd waved masses of red flags when he walked on to the pitch before kick-off

Alex Ferguson's emotional speech
"My retirement doesn't mean the end of my life with the club. I will be able to now enjoy watching them, rather than suffer with them. But if you think about the last-minute goals, the comebacks, even the defeats, are all about this great club of ours. It's been an unbelievable experience for all of us. So thank you for that."

"You the fans have always stood by me and your job now is to stand by our new manager."

"I want to pay tribute to Paul Scholes who retires today. He is an unbelievable player, one of the greatest players this club will ever have."

"I have been able to manage some of the greatest players in the country. All of these players today have represented the club in the proper way. They have won the championship in fantastic fashion. Well done to the players. I wish the players every success for the future. You know how good you are, the jersey you are wearing, and all the people here. Don't let yourselves down."

After leaving the pitch Alex Ferguson said, "I was bubbling there for a bit. All those flags, the atmosphere today was unbelievable the whole game. I'm proud of my fans today."

Red Devils - The Record Breakers

Manchester United have reached their magical mark of 20 league titles
Alex Ferguson and Manchester United were determined to win the title back, having lost it so dramatically to Manchester City in the final seconds of the 2011-12 season.

Alex Ferguson celebrates his first title win.

Watch Manchester United's amazing Champions winning season below.

Manchester United Official 20 x Champions 2013 Red T-Shirt Football Gift

Share your memories of the amazing career of Alex Ferguson

The Man - The Legend.
Sir Matt Busby closed his reign at Old Trafford when he was 62. Bill Shankly left Liverpool at the age of 60. Bob Paisley lasted at Anfield until he was 64. Brian Clough was 58 when he left. Alex Ferguson is 71, with a pacemaker in his chest and a hip replacement coming soon, yet we are still shocked at him leaving the great game.

With a total of 49 trophies collected over the years, Sir Alex Ferguson has a managerial record that will never be surpassed.

Scottish Premier Division (3): 1979-80, 1983-84, 1984-85.
Scottish Cup (4): 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86.
Scottish League Cup (1): 1985-86.
European Cup Winners' Cup (1): 1982-83.
European Super Cup (1): 1983.

Premier League (13): 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13.
FA Cup (5): 1989-90, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1998-99, 2003-04.
League Cup (4): 1991-92, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10.
Charity/Community Shield (10): 1990 (shared), 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011.
Champions League (2): 1998-99, 2007-08.
European Cup Winners' Cup (1): 1990-91.
European Super Cup (1): 1991.
Intercontinental Cup (1): 1999.
FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008.

What is Alex Ferguson's lasting legacy?
Please share your memories, your stories and feelings about the great man and his time in football.

Man Utd Champions 2013

Alex Ferguson says he will select a strong Manchester United side against Arsenal on Sunday out of respect for the other sides chasing Champions League places.

He also praises Arsene Wenger for planning to uphold the tradition of forming a guard of honour to welcome the champions onto the pitch.

United have clinched the title with four games to spare but have other goals in mind, including beating Chelsea's 2004/05 record points total of 95.

Ferguson believes Robin van Persie will not be intimidated if he gets a hostile reception when he makes his first return to Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger insists he has no regrets about selling Robin van Persie to Manchester United, yeah right!!

Champions of England - 20 times

Robin van Persie Wonder Goal

Robin van Persie has admitted his wonder volley at Old Trafford on Monday night was his best goal for Manchester United.

Alex Ferguson believes the sublime effort, as Van Persie manoeuvred himself on to the end of a 50-yard pass from Wayne Rooney before rocketing a first time shot past Brad Guzan deserves to get the goal-of-the-season prize.

Own a piece of sporting history - Robin van Persie Hand Signed Manchester United Shirt

Manchester United Celebrate their 20th Champions Title

Manchester United won the Premier League title in style on Monday night with a hat-trick from star striker Robin van Persie sealing a 3-0 win and a 20th championship.

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra celebrates the title triumph by biting a fake arm to mock Luis Suarez. Haha!!

It is Manchester United's 13th title in 21 Premier League seasons under Sir Alex Ferguson.
"I feel 10 years younger after that," said Alex Ferguson after the game.

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick celebrate in style.

20th Premier League title and the cup is back home once again

Glory glory Man united, Glory glory Man united, Glory glory Man united, As the reds go marching on on on!

Just like the Busby Babes in days gone by, We'll keep the red flags flying high, Your gonna see us all from far and wide, Your gonna hear the masses sing with pride.

United, Man united, We're the boys in red and we're on our way to Wembley!

Manchester United sit 13 points clear at the top of the table, bookmakers have paid out on them regaining their crown and victory tonight against Aston Villa will see them officially take the title - but Alex Ferguson has something more to play for tonight, and for the rest of the season.

With five games of the season left, United have 81 points and need 15 more to break the record of 95 which was set by Chelsea in 2004/05. A strong finish to the season will also see them pass their own Premier League era record of 92.

"If we get to 96 points I'd be absolutely delighted," said the Manchester United manager. "That would be a fantastic season."

Come on UNITED!!!

Manchester United is Life

Manchester United is life! Followed by over 659 millions supporters worldwide, Manchester United is the biggest football club in the world.

We can win the treble!

We can win the treble! Hernandez targets repeat of 1999 glory after FA Cup rout. Javier Hernandez wants to party like it's 1999 - and emulate Manchester United's treble heroes. Hernandez put the gloss on United's 4-1 win over Fulham yesterday, scoring twice to take his tally for the campaign to 14. More importantly, it sealed a place in the FA Cup fifth round, and kept his side in with a chance of repeating the greatest season in Red Devils' history. 'We want to win all three. We want to win the treble,' said Hernandez.

Alex Ferguson asserts Manchester United's potential to lift treble

Can Manchester United win the Treble again?

Alex Ferguson has it on his mind. This is what he said yesterday:

"The way to look at it is that we've got great games coming up. It will be really exciting going to Madrid and having them here. There's the FA Cup tie at home to Fulham. It's a brilliant period for the club. This is exactly the situation you want to be in, involved in everything. FA Cup, league, European Cup. Absolutely brilliant. And we've got the squad to do it. If you go back to the year we won the treble we got a replay against Chelsea and won there 2-0. We got a replay against Arsenal. The FA Cup's the FA Cup. You expect the unexpected, but you also want to win it because its a great competition."

Patrice Evra also believes that Manchester United are good enough to win the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup this season.

"I'm really confident this year, because we've won against City, we've won against Chelsea, we've won against Arsenal, now we've beaten Liverpool twice. For our confidence, you couldn't get much better."

Manchester United v Liverpool

Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1. Old Trafford, Sunday Jan 13th, 2013.

Entertaining game, if of slightly lower quality than you'd hope for a Manchester United v Liverpool game. United were in charge of the first half but a Sturridge-led Liverpool were massively improved after the break. Let us collectively take our hats off for Brendand Rodgers for sorting his side out at half time. Let us also take off our hats for United hanging on to a precarious lead. And for their strikers, RVP and Welbeck, who were both great.

Ronaldo admits he 'still loves' Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo has given Manchester United hope that he could return by admitting he still 'loves' the club. The Real Madrid superstar also claimed he was saddened at the thought of playing his former club when the two teams meet in the last 16 of the Champions League - he will return to Old Trafford for the second leg on March 5th.

"I still have a great feeling of friendship and love for them, they are a team that have done a lot for my career. The fans know me well and I have a lot of friends there that I keep close to my heart. But now I'm defending Real Madrid's colours. It's a bit of a sad feeling I guess. But I want to score, and for us to win, and that would make everything better."