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 manager Sir Matt Busby walking back down the tunnel at Old Trafford with Leicester City boss Frank O’Farrell on May 17th 1969.

It is a prophetic picture. Busby was in charge of his final match as United manager after a tenure that had spanned 24 years.

At least he thought he was. His successor Wilf McGuinness lasted just 18 months in the job after which Busby stepped in as caretaker manager.

At the start of the 1971-2 season, a new permanent manager was appointed who was none other than Frank O’Farrell!

Matt Busby
Bobby Charlton
The actual match on May 17th 1969 ended in a 3-2 win for United thanks to goals from George Best, Denis Law and Willie Morgan. The Red Devils finished 11th in the First Division with 42 points.

Leicester fared less well. They were relegated after coming second-bottom with 30 points.

Our second image shows the Old Trafford tunnel from the opposite angle as Bobby Charlton leads out his team to play local rivals Manchester City in April 1973. The result was a 0-0 draw.

O’Farrell had been sacked in December 1972 to make way for Tommy Docherty as manager as United’s form had been poor, culminating in a 5-0 defeat by Crystal Palace.

At the same time, the club’s board announced that Best would no longer be playing for the Red Devils.

Under Docherty, the club narrowly avoided relegation finishing in 18th place with 37 points.