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 cup Manchester City are hoping to win when they take on Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League final in Istanbul on May 29th.

But on this occasion the European Cup is being paraded for the press at Old Trafford after Manchester United became the first English club to win the coveted trophy. The date is July 25th 1968.

Two months earlier, United beat Portuguese club Benfica 4-1 in a thrilling final at Wembley that went to extra time.

After a goalless first half, Bobby Charlton scored in the 53rd minute only for Jaime Graca to equalise 11 minutes before full time. The Red Devils then scored three goals in seven minutes in extra time.

Best netted after a solo run, followed by a header from Brian Kidd – currently assistant coach at City – and then came a second goal for Charlton.

Manchester United 1968
Aston Villa v Manchester United - Premier League
Back at Old Trafford, the press are getting extreme close-ups of the United players! Denis Law, who missed the final, is turning to talk to his team-mates while Best looks unperturbed.

Our modern image from April 2003 shows more press on the pitch at Old Trafford, this time to capture United’s celebrations after winning the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa.

The season’s top scorer, Robin van Persie, holds his arms aloft alongside Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand.

*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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