Man Utd’s first win over Real Madrid – 1968 European Cup semi-final



Real were not quite the irresistible force of the great 1950s side – only Francisco Gento appeared in our previous meeting in 1957; Bobby Charlton and now-veteran defender Bill Foulkes were the last link back to the Babes’ era. Charlton overcame doubts over his fitness to make the side, while Denis Law was still being hampered by a knee problem, which would soon require an operation. The visitors were without highly rated forward Amancio Amaro, due to a one-game suspension.

United: Stepney, Dunne, Burns, Crerand, Sadler, Stiles, Best, Kidd, Charlton, Law Aston. Sub: Rimmer.

Real Madrid: Betancort, Gonzales, Sanchis, Pirri, Zunzunequi, Zoco, Perez, Jose Luis, Grosso, Velazquez, Gento. Sub: Araquistafu.


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