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The Anatomy of Manchester United: A History in Ten Matches

Jonathan Wilson

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Prose: non-fiction, British & Irish history, Social & cultural history, Sports teams & clubs, Football (Soccer, Association football)

The story of Manchester United told through ten key games that have helped to shape its history, from the author of Inverting the Pyramid.

The story of Manchester United told through ten key matches that have helped to shape its history.

Award-winning football writer Jonathan Wilson selects ten landmark games from Manchester United's past, from the first time they lifted the FA Cup, beating Bristol City in 1909, to the Cup victory of 2016 that proved to be Louis van Gaal's last match in charge. In doing so, he identifies the pivotal moments in the club's rise to becoming one of the foremost teams of the twentieth century.

With his trademark tactical acumen, Wilson goes back to the games themselves and subjects them to forensic examination, re-evaluating and reassessing, and going beyond the white noise of banal player quotes and instant judgements to uncover what really happened. The result is a unique football history of one of England's greatest and most famous clubs.

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Praise for The Anatomy of Manchester United: A History in Ten Matches

  • Wilson belongs alongside David Goldblatt and the daddy of them all, Brian Glanville, in the triumvirate of great British football historians - Financial Times

  • Jonathan Wilson offers superb analysis - Observer on The Anatomy of Liverpool

  • A thought-provoking reappraisal of ten key games in England's football history . . . this book should be required reading for all future England squads - Independent on Sunday on The Anatomy of England

  • Epic in sweep . . . a history of Argentinian football that is also a truly magnificent history of that country . . . an unfailingly fascinating read

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Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson's Inverting the Pyramid won the National Sporting Club Book of the Year award, and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. His other books include Behind the Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football; Sunderland: A Club Transformed; The Anatomy of England: A History in Ten Matches; Nobody Ever Says Thank You, a critically acclaimed biography of Brian Clough; The Outsider: A History of the Goalkeeper; The Anatomy of Liverpool; Angels with Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of Argentina; and The Anatomy of Manchester United. He writes for the Guardian, Sports Illustrated and World Soccer, and he is the editor of The Blizzard.

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