The second longest serving manager of our club, it is an impossible task to decipher who, between he and Sir Alex, have had a bigger impact on the club’s fortunes.
That being a massive compliment to the work each has done here.
Sir Matt instilled in the club the notion that the youth is the future and it is poignant that I write this as it was only yesterday that David Gill spoke of the club keeping faith in the products of our academy, creating stars rather than just buying them.
Depending on what you choose to believe, these words may or may not be because of Sir Matt’s work but even if it isn’t the legacy of his work still resounds around the club and in world football in general.
For it was Sir Matt and his assistant Jim Murphy that brought us the greatest football team the world never saw in the Busby Babes.
It was also Sir Matt that lead Manchester United to the European Cup in 1968, the first English club to do so and it was Sir Matt that nurtured the talent of players who went on to become world beaters like George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton.
Dying at the age of 84 in 1994, Sir Matt would have seen the start of what would become a dynasty under Sir Alex and I’m sure that the pride he would have felt seeing his good work carried on would have been immense.