Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks, buildings and events from bygone days with today.

Our main image this week shows the queue outside Old Trafford for tickets to the much-anticipated FA Cup semi-final clash between Leeds and Manchester United. It is March 1965.

There was no such thing as social distancing among the tightly packed fans, who relished the prospect of taking on old foes Leeds at the Hillsborough stadium, Sheffield.

The Red Devils were smarting after losing 1-0 to the Yorkshire club in the December league match at Old Trafford – and were out for revenge.

When the semi-final came round on March 27th, the two sides couldn’t be separated and the game ended in a 0-0 draw. A lone goal from Leeds captain Billy Bremner settled the replay at the City Ground, Nottingham.

Manchester United
Manchester United Premier League Winners Parade
The Red Devils had the last laugh though. They pipped Leeds to the First Division title on goal difference as both teams finished on 61 points. Leeds also missed out on the FA Cup by losing the final 2-1 to Liverpool.

Our second photo, from May 2013, again shows fans outside Old Trafford. This time they’re saluting the United team for winning the Premier League title with 89 points – 11 points ahead of local rivals Manchester City.

Fans also said goodbye to Sir Alex Ferguson after 26 years in charge – a record for a manager of an English club. He won no less than 38 trophies during his time at the helm, more than any other manager in football history.

*Many more images from Then and Now are featured in The Changing Face of Manchester published to mark the 150th anniversary of the M.E.N.

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