When United cri­sis ac­tu­ally meant the drop

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport / Premier League -

The BT Sport doc­u­men­tary on Manch­ester United’s rel­e­ga­tion sea­son of 1973-74, Too Good to Go Down, is a lovely bit of telly, tak­ing in the pre­ced­ing post-1968 de­cline and then the re­birth up to the tri­umph of the 1977 FA Cup fi­nal. The Sal­ford poet John Cooper Clarke is a fine nar­ra­tor and it is marvel­lous to see how alive and alert so many of the era’s pro­tag­o­nists are look­ing, in­clud­ing the 90-year-old Tommy Docherty. Wisely, there are no ma­jor com­par­isons made with the cur­rent United cri­sis. In those crazy, un­pre­dictable 1970s you could re­ally plum­met but these days the safety net of the su­per clubs’ great wealth will al­ways save them.

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