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The surreal day George Best and Bobby Charlton lost to Man City… at CRICKET!

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Ronaldo, caught De Bruyne, bowled Haaland. As peculiar as that may sound, the prospect of Sunday’s 188th Manchester derby being settled on a cricket pitch was not so outlandish for two of the greatest teams United and City have ever produced.

It was July 21, 1968 when the reigning champions of Europe and England swapped their famous red and blue jerseys for cricket whites just three weeks before the start of the new season.

United had lifted the European Cup at Wembley under Matt Busby two months earlier. City, managed by Joe Mercer, had pipped their neighbours to the First Division title by two points on the final day.

George Best (L) opened the batting for Man United alongside trainer Jack Crompton Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton only managed to score four runs before he was out Yet here they were, lining up at the other Old Trafford in front of 15,000 fans who were considerably more boisterous than the famous old cricket ground was used to.

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