Picture of the day – March 21

By PA Sport Staff
PA Media: Sport

On this day in 1957, Manchester United manager Matt Busby joined the squad training in Blackpool ahead of the FA Cup semi-final against Birmingham.

Captain Roger Byrne – one of the United players killed in the Munich air disaster the following year – went on to lead the Red Devils to a 2-0 victory at Hillsborough in front of a bumper 65,107 crowd.

United, who had ended the fairytale run of lowly Bournemouth in the sixth-round, stunned the Blues with two quick goals early in the first half.

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After 12 minutes, John Barry picked the ball up on the right and weaved past defender Ken Green before drilling a low shot into the bottom corner.

Blues goalkeeper Gill Merrick was picking the ball out of his net again just two minutes later when a cross from outside-left David Pegg was fired home by Bobby Charlton.

Eddie Brown missed a chance to pull a goal back from close range before the break.

During the second half, Billy Whelan saw his angled effort hit the post.

The ‘Busby Babes’, though, were beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa in the final at Wembley on May 4.

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