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 Manchester United and England star Nobby Stiles trudging off the pitch at Old Trafford flanked by Chelsea players John Hollins, left, and David Webb.

The date is December 6th 1969 and Stiles was downcast because the Red Devils had lost the First Division match 2-0 to their London rivals. Ian Hutchinson scored both Chelsea goals.

It turned out to be a vintage season for Chelsea as they won the FA Cup after defeating Leeds United in a replay as well as finishing third in the league.

The Chelsea manager at the time was Dave Sexton, who was destined to become United boss in 1977. He stayed at Old Trafford until 1981 when he moved on to Coventry City.

Manchester United v. Chelsea
Man Utd V Chelses QF 2nd Leg
United’s manager in 1969 was Wilf McGuinness, the former assistant to Sir Matt Busby. He guided the Red Devils to eighth-place in the league in the 1969-70 season and the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and League Cup.

Defensive midfielder Stiles, born in Collyhurst, made 311 league appearances for United from 1960 to 1971, scoring 17 goals. He was capped 28 times for England and famously helped the team win the 1966 World Cup at Wembley.

Our modern image from April 2011 shows United again in action against Chelsea, this time in the quarter final of the Champions League.

Central Defenders Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are closing down Ramirez in the second leg at Old Trafford. United won the tie 3-1 on aggregate.