It was the first time an English team had entered the European Competition. On this day Manchester United, 60 years ago, demolished Belgian club Anderlecht 10-0. This sensational result still remains the biggest ever win recorded in the club’s illustrious history.
It was the return leg in the 1956 European Cup Tournament and even though it was supposed to be the Busby babes’ home leg, they were still playing away at Maine Road as Old Trafford then, did not have floodlighting.”The conditions were also a little unsettling. It had rained heavily and the pitch was covered in pools of water. We needn't have worried though,” Sir Matt Busby was quoted as saying after the match by manutd.com.
Manchester United had annihilated the then Belgian champions, Anderlecht. “The boys won 10-0, an incredible score which possibly had some people assuming that Anderlecht were a poor side. But this was no little team from Malta or Iceland. Belgium was a strong soccer nation and Anderlecht were its champions,” Busby added after the historic win in 1956.
As far as goal scorers go, Dennis Viollet led the way, scoring four of the goals while Tommy Taylor scored a hat-trick. Liam Whelan scored a brace while Johnny Berry summed up the incredible scoreline. Manchester United had won the first leg 2-0, taking the aggregate score to 12-0.
Sir Matt Busby was all praise for his boys after the match, where he was thoroughly impressed by the way the team performed that night. “I was becoming accustomed to see the great team of those days playing well, but they excelled themselves that night. It was, in fact, the finest exhibition of teamwork I had ever seen from any side either at club or international level," said the Former United Manager.