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Today marks 50 years since one of the greatest nights in Manchester United’s history, when Matt Busby’s men held off six-time European Cup winners Real Madrid in the 1968 semi-final second leg to reach the final of the competition for the first time.

The Reds found themselves 3-1 down at half-time, but second-half strikes from David Sadler and Bill Foulkes helped to secure an heroic 3-3 draw, in front of a daunting crowd of 120,000 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“This is without doubt United’s greatest night – our finest hour,” said Busby after the final whistle. In the dressing room, Paddy Crerand recalled the boss “unashamedly and understandably crying” and hugging the players one by one.

Ten years on from the Munich Air Disaster, and against all odds, United were in the final of the continent’s premier football competition.