Manchester United: Three of their greatest moments

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One of the greatest football clubs in the world, Manchester United has enjoyed huge success both domestically and on the European stage.

They have won a total of 20 Premier League titles and three Champions League trophies, and majority of the teams in the world are scared of facing this club. They have also made players like Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Wayne Rooney what they actually are today.

One of the greatest managers of all times Sir Alex Ferguson bid adieu to the prestigious club in May, leaving behind some delightful memories to savour.

United have played some of the most nerve wracking games in the history of the sport, which are remembered even now and will be remembered forever. Sir Alex was the one who made United the world's biggest club, and made sure that we Man United are also respected.

The thing with United is that they never give up and, even when they're losing a game, they still end up winning it. The 1999 treble winning season will be remembered because of the late goals by Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer which helped United win the European Cup

That marked the beginning of a new era for United, an era which is still continuing even under David Moyes . So,here's a list of United's best moments ever...

Juventus vs Manchester United, 1999 Champions League semi final second leg

After being held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the first leg of the semi-finals of the European Cup, United went to Turin as the underdogs.The second Leg was well setup after the draw but Juventus found themselves 2-0 within the first 10 minutes of the game thanks to an Inzaghi brace.

But this still didn’t change the fact that United needed two goals or more to win the tie. This game is considered to be one of the greatest comebacks of all time due to Roy Keane's efforts.

After going 2-0 up, Juventus were quite happy to sit deep and see things out but United kept pushing high up the pitch. Keane scored through a header to make it 2-1 and then Dwight Yorke scored a diving header off a brilliant Andy Cole cross to make it 2-2.

Juventus had their fair share of opportunities as they had hit the bar and Japp Stam had to clear one off the line. Later in the second half, Inzaghi had a goal called off because of an offside and United also hit the bar through Cole.

Despite looking to hold out for the rest of the game, United were still quite prepared to commit men forward when possible. Both Denis Irwin and Gary Neville did get forward when the opportunity presented itself. Irwin hit the post in the second half.

Juventus could have also gone ahead when Inzaghi almost got his boot onto a fizzing cross across the box. But the incredible talking point came in the 85th minute. Montero gave the ball away to Yorke, who went past two central defenders but was taken down by keeper Peruzzi.

The referee played an advantage, and that was enough for Cole to tuck in to make it 3-2 and send United into the final of the Champions League. It was the first time United had got to the final of Europe's premier competition in three decades.

Manchester United vs Manchester City 2009-10 season (Old Trafford)

This classic Manchester derby has been described by Sir Alex as the best derby of all times. In May 2012, the match was voted as the best of the first two decades of the Premier League.

Manchester City were without top-scorer Emmanuel Adebayor who was serving a three-match ban for violent conduct in their last match against. He was replaced by Carlos Tévez, who was an injury doubt but was fit enough to start on his return to his former club in the only change for City. Robinho, Vincent Kompany and Roque Santa Cruz all missed out through injury

Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for United early in the second minute. Then, a Ben Foster error led to an equaliser from Gareth Barry. The derby then turned out to be a classic, with City's Craig Bellamy and United's Darren Fletcher playing main roles.

Midfielder Fletcher entered the game and scored in 49th minute but his goal was cancelled out just three minutes later by Bellamy. With ten minutes remaining, Fletcher again put United ahead but the game was far from over.

Alarmingly for Ferguson, his defence folded again, the culprit this time being Rio Ferdinand, who inexplicably tried to scoop a pass forward. The ball was easily picked off by Martin Petrov, who instantly sent Bellamy down the left, the Welshman racing away from Ferdinand and angling his shot past Foster

The game when into the sixth minute of stoppage time when something unexpected happened. Substitute Michael Owen was fed in clean through and the Englishman made no mistake, to silence the City fans. Ferguson needn’t have bothered. For all City’s promise under Hughes, United showed they remain the big team in Manchester.

Manchester United vs Chelsea 2008, Champions League final in Moscow

This was the  first time that the Champions League final was taking place at Moscow, and also the first time Chelsea had been involved in the European showpiece.

Cristiano  Ronaldo opened the scoring for the Reds after a midfield dominated 26 minutes. A neat exchange of passes between Paul Scholes and Wes Brown down the right wing resulted in Ronaldo's headed effort.

Chelsea were being forced to track back as United desperately searched for a second goal. But Chelsea's patience rewarded them with a Frank Lampard equaliser. After the leveller,both teams got their fair share of chances as Didier Drogba hit the post from 20 yards.

Ryan Giggs fluffed a shot as he had opted to hit it with his weaker right foot. The  game made its way into extra time when the most significant incident took place. Drogba received a red card for allegedly slapping Nemanja Vidic and some angry words were also exchanged by all of the 22 players.

Later, it was time for the dreaded penalty shoot-out to take place. United skipper Rio Ferdinand won the coin toss and opted that United would go first in the shoot-out. Carlos Tevez made no mistake for United by sending Petr Cech the wrong way.

Ballack drove a powerful shot past Edwin van der Sar to draw level. Michael Carrick and Juliano Belleti scored for their respective sides to make it 2-2. Ronaldo's horror and nightmarish penalty stood saved by Cech, ensuring that the score remained 2-2.

Lampard scored for the second time on the night to make it 3-2 in Chelsea's favour. United defensive midfielder Owen Hargreaves equalised to make it 3-3. Ashley Cole's penalty was nearly saved by Van der Sar who got a strong hand to the ball but it somehow sneaked in.

Nani did what was expected out of him by levelling up,4-4. Then came the moment which was destined to change the course of the shootout. John Terry came up to take the spot kick. If he'd scored Chelsea could've won but the Englishman lost his footing. Van der Sar was sent the wrong way but the shot came off the bar and went out.

Anderson scored the first penalty in sudden death. Salomon Kalou then sent Van der Sar the wrong way to make it 5–5. Giggs was next up and he was also successful.

Nicolas Anelka came up to the spot, in an attempt to make it 6-6 but Van der Sar dived to his right to deny the Frenchman. Then, it was pandemonium. Terry couldn't help but cry. If not for that slip, Chelsea could've been crowned the champions, but destiny didn't allow him to do so...

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