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It’s a free day that only comes around once every four years. delves into the history books to uncover the handful of notable events that occurred on 29 February....

1976: For once, United fans are forced to relinquish bragging rights as Manchester City parade the League Cup after a 2-1 win over Newcastle at Wembley. The Blues have failed to win a trophy since.

1972: United boss Frank O’Farrell shells out £125,000 – a club record at the time – to sign Martin Buchan from Aberdeen. The centre-half goes on to make 458 appearances for the Reds, captaining the side to the Second Division title in 1975 and FA Cup glory in 1977.

1972: Former United trainee goalkeeper Mike Pollitt is born. He did not make a senior appearance for the Reds and left in 1991, but enjoyed his first taste of top-flight football 14 years later when he joined Wigan.

1992: United legend Eric Cantona scores his first goal in English football, for Leeds United against Luton Town. The Frenchman left for Old Trafford in November that year and the rest, as they say, tout le monde la connaît.

1896: The first of seven games over the years that United have played on 29 February. With half-back George Perrins playing as an emergency goalkeeper, Newton Heath lose 2-1 to Burton Wanderers in front of 1,000 fans at Bank Street.

1964: George Best and Bobby Charlton are on target in a thrilling 3-3 FA Cup quarter-final draw with Sunderland at Old Trafford. United eventually triumph in a second replay, before bowing out in the semi-finals after a 3-1 defeat to West Ham.

And another thing….
Fulham, who United face at Craven Cottage on Saturday, were also the Reds’ opponents on this weekend a leap year ago, in 2004.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men drew that game 1-1 at Loftus Road to slip nine points behind eventual title winners Arsenal. :eek:
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