January 1, 1941:

Searchers sift through the rubble of a Manchester house after a Luftwaffe air raid on the city during World War II.

The heaviest raids on Manchester took place on the nights of December 22nd and 23rd 1940 – dubbed the Christmas Blitz. An estimated 684 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured.

Manchester Cathedral, the Free Trade Hall and Royal Exchange were among the buildings badly damaged. Around 2,000 incendiary bombs were dropped on the city over the two nights.

January 1, 1969:

Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby announces his resignation to a packed press conference at Old Trafford.

Sir Matt, who rebuilt his ‘Busby Babes’ after the Munich air disaster of February 1958 and won the European Cup in 1968, remained as team manager until the end of the season.

He then became the club’s general manager.

His successor, former reserve team manager Wilf McGuinness, did not last long in the job. He was sacked in December 1970. Busby again took over the reins until the arrival of Frank O’Farrell from Leicester City in July 1971.

January 6, 1970:

Ipswich Town provide the opposition for Manchester United in a closely fought Third Round FA Cup match at Portman Road.

The Red Devils triumphed 1-0 thanks to an own goal and went on to reach the semi-final, losing out by a single goal to Leeds United after two replays.

United defeated Watford 2-0 in the tournament’s third-place play-off. Both goals were scored by forward Brian Kidd, pictured above.