6-0 VS Shamrock Rovers (Sept 26, 1957)
The Irish part-timers were not doing too badly in their European Cup preliminary round tie — until the final 10 minutes. That’s when Tommy Taylor grabbed his second and Johnny Berry and David Pegg also scored.
Billy Whelan had earlier got two as well. Tragically, three of the scorers were to perish in the Munich air crash months later.
6-1 VS Borussia Dortmund (Nov 11, 1964)
Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton netted a hat-trick as Manchester United romped to victory in the old Fairs Cup second round.
George Best, David Herd and Denis Law were also on the scoresheet as United went on the reach the semi-finals.
5-1 VS Benfica (March 9, 1966)
The game that gave rise to 19-year-old Best’s ‘El Beatle’ nickname. The Portuguese giants simply had no answer to Best’s dazzling skills.
The Belfast-born star scored twice, with Connelly netting the third as United cruised into a 3-0 lead after only 14 minutes at the Stadium of Light. Charlton and Pat Crerand added further goals after Shay Brennan had stuck one into his own net.
5-0 VS Strasbourg (May 12, 1965)
Another five-goal margin for United on their travels in the same Fairs Cup campaign. This time Law got two, with Charlton, John Connelly and Herd getting the others.
Bizarrely, United were eventually eliminated by Ferencvaros, losing both the away leg of a two-legged semi-final, and then a replay in Hungary.
6-2 VS Brondby (Oct 21, 1998)
This time Danish champions Brondby — Peter Schmeichel’s former club — were the victims. Ryan Giggs scored twice and Andy Cole bagged another before the break.
Roy Keane, Dwight Yorke and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doubled the Red Devils’ tally after it. The margin of victory would have been five but for Ebbe Sand’s stoppage-time effort.
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