January 1, 1989:

Liverpool forward John Barnes bears down on the Manchester United defence during the New Year’s Day match between the two clubs at Old Trafford.

Barnes scored Liverpool’s solitary goal in a 3-1 victory for United. Replying for the Red Devils were Brian McClair, Mark Hughes and Peter Beardsmore.

All United’s goals were scored in a swift-action spell from the 71st minute to the 77th straight after Barnes had found the net. United went on to finish 11th in the First Division with 51 points.

December 13, 1987:

Just add a mask and Coronation Street star Jean Alexander could be travelling on a deserted train during the Coronavirus crisis.

Instead she was making the daily journey from her home in Southport to the Granada TV studios in Manchester to film her final scenes as much-loved character Hilda Ogden.

Alexander played the irrepressible cleaner with a heart of gold on TV’s longest-running soap from 1964 to Christmas Day 1987, when she enjoyed an emotional send-off in the Rovers Return.

January 1, 1958:

An early image of Manchester United and England legend Bobby Charlton, who signed for the Red Devils’ Youth team at the age of 15 in 1953.

He made his first team debut in 1956 and went on to make 606 appearances for United, scoring 199 goals, before leaving the club in 1973.

Charlton was capped 106 times for England from 1958 to 1970 and was a key player in Alf Ramsey’s World Cup-winning team of 1966. He scored 49 goals for his country.