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Ten Greatest Comeback Wins Ever for Manchester United

Andrew JordanSenior Writer IJanuary 9, 2017

Ten Greatest Comeback Wins Ever for Manchester United

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    Throughout the history of Manchester United, there have been many memorable matches. From cup titles, to games against rival sides, the Red Devils have been a team that have experienced many great moments.

    But throughout the years, they also have had many matches in which they have found themselves behind, but found a way to come back, and win. That is what this slide-show is about, as we will now go back in time to see the 10 greatest comeback wins in the history of Manchester United.

No. 10 Manchester City vs Manchester United 1993 (EPL)

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    After blowing a 2-0 lead to Galatasaray in a 3-2 loss that eliminated them from the European Cup just four days earlier, Manchester United traveled to Maine Road to take on arch rival Manchester City.

    In that match, City's Niall Quinn scored two goals to give City a 2-0 lead before Manchester United came back on the power of two Eric Cantona goals, and a late goal by Roy Keane gave Manchester United a thrilling 3-2 comeback win.

No. 9 Manchester United vs Tottenham 2009 (EPL)

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    After several thrilling matches leading up to this encounter, Manchester United hosted Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford with Premier League title implications on the line. However, Spurs got two first half goals from Darren Bent and Luka Modrić, and held a 2-0 lead going into the half.

    However, Carlos Tevez came on for the Red Devils, and his energy helped inspire United to attack more. However, Michael Carrick got into a controversial penalty on a close play on the box, and Man United, on the power of two goal from both Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, and a late goal by Dimitar Berbatov, were able to beat Spurs 5-2 in what turned out to be a final nail in the coffin as United were able to win their third consecutive EPL title.

No. 8 Tottenham vs Manchester United 2001 (EPL)

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    During the beginning of the 2001 Premier League season, Manchester United traveled to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham Hotspur. Early on, the Spurs grabbed three goals by Dean Richards, Les Ferdinand, and Christian Ziege to give themselves a 3-0 lead going into the half.

    But Man United stormed back, as goals by Andy Cole, Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Juan Veron, and David Beckham gave United five goals in the second half, and were able to defeat Tottenham by a 5-3 score.

No. 7 FC Porto vs Manchester United (2009 Champions League Quarterfinal Second Leg)

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    In the 2009 UEFA Champions League, Manchester United was the defending European Champion, and was trying to become the first club since AC Milan, almost 20 years before them, to win consecutive Champions League titles.

    However, this dream nearly died in the quarterfinals, as FC Porto drew with Man United 2-2 at Old Trafford, and headed to the Estádio do Dragão leading the Red Devils on away goals.

    However, Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo delivered for United, scoring a 39 yard strike into the top left corner of the net, in the sixth minute, giving United a 1-0 lead, which they went to win the game by.

    The reason why this made the list was that Manchester United became the first ever English team to win in the Estádio do Dragão, and United's win was key as they went onto the Champions League final.

No. 6 Manchester United vs AS Roma (2007 Champions League Quarterfinal Second Leg)

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    During the 2007 UEFA Champions League, Manchester United was paired with AS Roma in the Quarterfinals. In the first leg, United were down 2-1 on aggregate, but got an all-important away goal by Wayne Rooney, which gave them a great chance to advance to the semifinal for the first time since 2002.

    But at Old Trafford, Man United proved that they did not need that away goal, as they got first half goals from Michael Carrick, Alan Smith (his first goal since November 2005 due to injury), Wayne Rooney, and Cristiano Ronaldo, to give Manchester United an improbable 4-0 lead going into the half.

    In the second half, United got goals from Ronaldo, Carric,k and Patrice Evra, to give them seven goals to Roma's one that they got in the 69th minute. This was also the first time in Sir Alex Ferguson's time as Manchester United manager that United came from behind in a second leg to advance onto the next round of any competition.

No. 5 Manchester United vs Liverpool (1999 FA Cup Fourth Round)

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    In the fourth round of the 1999 FA Cup, Manchester United hosted rival Liverpool at Old Trafford in a pivotal match. Early on, Michael Owen gave Liverpool a 1-0 lead with a strike in the third minute. After the goal, Man United continued to attack the Liverpool goal, but they continued to be denied.

    But that all changed in the 88th minute, as off a David Beckham free kick, Andy Cole was able to head the ball to Dwight Yorke, who tied the game at one.

    But United were just about to make Old Trafford explode, as Ole Gunnar Solskjær was able to beat the entire Liverpool defense, and strike the ball into the net, giving Manchester United a 2-1 win.

No. 4 Manchester United vs Sheffield Wednesday 1993 (EPL)

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    In the 1993 Premier League title race, Manchester United was fighting against Aston Villa, and Norwich City in a battle for the inaugural Premier League title.

    As the season headed toward its conclusion, United was barely leading the league, but found themselves down by one due to a goal off a penalty by John Sheridan, but found themselves with seven minutes of stoppage time due to referee Mike Peck injuring his achilles.

    As the game was heading towards its conclusion and United's dream of winning the Premier League vanishing, United defender Steve Bruce came in and scored on two separate headers deep into stoppage time, giving United an improbable 2-1 win as they went on to win the Premier League, and have not looked back since.

No. 3 Arsenal vs Manchester United (1999 FA Cup Semifinal Replay)

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    In the 1999 FA Cup semifinal, rivals Manchester United and Arsenal met with a chance to go to the FA Cup final on the line. In the first match, Roy Keane had a goal controversially waved off to him being offsides.

    But after 120 minutes, the game had no score, and a replay had to be played. In the final ever FA Cup semifinal replay, David Beckham gave United an early lead, but Dennis Bergkamp equalized for the Gunners in the second half.

    Several minutes after the goal, Keane got sent off for his second yellow card, and at the end of the match, Phil Neville committed a foul inside the penalty box, leading to a penalty kick for Bergkam[, and Arsenal's fate all but sealed as they were going to the FA Cup final.

    However, Man United keeper Peter Schmeichel was up to the challenge, stopping the shot, and despite being down to 10 men, Man United and Arsenal were tied at one at the end of normal time.

    In extra time, Ryan Giggs intercepted a pass, and ran with the football for over half the field, beating every Arsenal player in his way before nailing a shot over keeper David Seaman, giving United an incredible 2-1 lead, which they went on to win the game by as they went on to win the FA Cup final.

No. 2 Juventus vs Manchester United (1999 Champions League Semifinal Second Leg)

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    In the 1999 Champions League semifinal, Manchester United was paired with Juventus, with the winner going to the Champions League final.

    After Ryan Giggs' late goal ensured the Red Devils a one all draw at Old Trafford, the two sides traveled to Italy.

    In Italy, Filippo Inzaghi scored two early goals, and Roy Keane got a yellow card, which meant that he would be suspended if United came from behind, and went onto the Champions League final.

    But Keane then put on a performance for the ages, disrupting the Juventus midfield of Zidane and Davids, and got an all important goal off a header to get the United attack, jump started toward the ending of the first half.

    After Keane's goal, Dwight Yorke also scored off a header, and United now held the lead on away goals going into the second half. In the second half, Andy Cole was able to score, despite being fouled inside the box, giving United an improbable 3-2 victory as they went onto the Champions League final.

No. 1 Manchester United vs Bayern Munich (1999 Champions League Final)

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    After beating Juventus, Manchester United faced off against Bayern Munich in Barcelona's Camp Nou to decide who would win the 1999 Champions League final.

    In just the sixth minute, Bayern struck first as Mario Basler scored off a free kick past Peter Schmeichel to giver Bayern Munich a 1-0 lead. After the goal, Bayern continued to attack the Man United goal, but were continuously denied by both the post, and Schmeichel (who was playing his final ever game for United).

    With Bayern dominating the game, Alex Ferguson decided to bring in Teddy Sheringham for Jesper Blomqvist in the 67th minute, and Ole Gunnar Solskjær for Andy Cole in the 81st minute, causing United to attack the Bayern net more.

    But as stoppage time approached, United were still down 1-0 to Bayern, but after three minutes of stoppage time were introduced, United got a corner, and Schmeichel came up for the corner. After David Beckham took the corner, the ball deflected to Ryan Giggs, whose shot was redirected in by Sheringham, tying the game at one.

    And after that improbable goal, Solskjær won a corner, and Beckham's corner went to Sheringham, who headed it to Solskjær, who kicked the ball into the net, giving Manchester United a 2-1 lead with almost no time left on the clock.

    After one final chance by Bayern, referee Pierluigi Collina blew the final whistle, clinching Manchester United their second Champions League title, and became the first English team to win the treble.

    With the win, Manchester United became the first English team to win the Champions League since Liverpool in 1984, and just several days later, Alex Ferguson got knighted for his services to football with the historic treble, and the 1998-1999 Manchester United team is remembered as one of the greatest football teams of all time.

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