You may think that Manchester United are underachieving right now as they sit in sixth place in the Premier League, eight points behind leaders Liverpool.
But on this very day 30 years ago they travelled to play Oxford United at the Manor Ground with a new manager looking to drag them out of a funk which saw them in 19th spot and trailing table-toppers Nottingham Forest by 13 points.
Since that day in Oxfordshire, which ended in a 2-0 defeat, Sir Alex has gone on to become known as perhaps the best manager of all time. His record bears comparison with the most storied leaders in the history of football, and United are still feeling the effect of his absence following his 2013 retirement. But then he did set a very high bar.
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