Sir Matt Busby: Tribute to the original master of Manchester United

16 December 2010 07:58
When Sir Alex Ferguson takes his place in the dug-out for Sunday's Barclays Premier League match at Chelsea he will become Manchester United's longest serving manager, passing Sir Matt Busby's mark of 24 years, one month and 14 days. Busby was manager over two stints from October 1945 to January 1969 and from December 1970 to June 1971.

Fergie's first day of work at Old Trafford was November 6, 1986. United's boss has often attributed his astonishing success to the ethos which Busby built at the club and regularly sought his predecessor's advice before Busby's death in 1994. The two Scots even share the same first name - Alexander - with Busby known by his middle name of Matthew.

Boss with his Babes: Busby before successfully defending the title in the 1956-57 season

Pipe dream: the Scot oversees pre-season in 1967 (left) and mucks in to sort fan mail at Old Trafford

His master's voice: United players report for training in the 1950s

Wayward son: manager and star player George Best (left) attend an FA hearing after Best was sent off against Chelsea in 1971 and Busby (right) in his office during the 1957-58 season. The league championship trophy sits on his cluttered desk

From death's door to kings of Europe

Fighting spirit: Busby battles back from the brink in a Munich hospital (right) following the 1958 air crash before returning to a hero's welcome in Manchester more than two months later (left)

Inspiration: the United boss makes use of the break in play to focus his side for extra-time in the 1968 European Cup final win over Benfica

Happy days: Busby proudly shows off the European Cup

Brains trust: the warmth between manager past and present is clear as Busby and Ferguson chat in 1991

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Source: Daily_Mail