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Sir Alexander Matthew “Matt” Busby

1930
Sir Alexander Matthew "Matt" Busby

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Sir Alexander Matthew “Matt” Busby, CBE, KCSG (26 May 1909 – 20 January 1994) was a Scottish football player and manager, who managed Manchester United between 1945 and 1969 and again for the second half of the 1970–71 season. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time. His managerial records and longevity at the helm of Manchester United are surpassed only by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Before going into management, Busby was a player for two of Manchester United’s greatest rivals, Manchester City and Liverpool. During his time at City, Busby played in two FA Cup Finals, winning one of them. After his playing career was interrupted by the Second World War, Busby was offered the job of assistant coach at Liverpool, as they were unwilling to give him the control over the team that he wanted and he took the vacant manager’s job at Manchester United instead, where he built the famous Busby Babes team and amassed 13 trophies.

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