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PICTURE: Painting Of United Players Past And Present

A Manchester-based artist, Michael Browne, has presented this ambitious painting of United players past and present to pay tribute to their dominance of the English game over recent years.

The painting can be found at the National Football Museum (in the Urbis building in town).

Browne is behind the famous The Art of the Game painting which features Cantona and is already displayed at the museum.

“I really wanted to do a painting of the players through time,” said Browne. “The club has won so much and the images are very important. It is Renaissance in style, but also very northern, with an industry and cobbled streets feel to it. It is designed to be a parade of players with Old Trafford on the right. The Busby Babes are there and I also wanted a gladiatorial theme, which depicts them walking away from a Coliseum-style venue.”

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  1. ak47 says:

    my new wallpaper at work!! terrific painting

  2. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Hats off. Love Michael Browne’s work.

    Agree with ak47 the The Art of the Game piece is the bee’s knees.

  3. Diego says:

    I really can’t take the one lordrt posted seriously…

  4. roasty_mufc says:

    No best, bobby or law???

  5. roasty_mufc says:

    Great stuff though

  6. Pav1878 says:

    No van persie? No ronaldo? No stam?

    Still love it tho!

  7. 207egend says:

    Suprised at who’s missing, difficult to include every 1, fine piece of work though,,

  8. 207egend says:

    What year was the cantona and the Neville bros piece released

  9. 207egend says:

    Supprised Gary and Phill are not on there 2

  10. Mads_the_Red says:

    ofc you can’t include everyone, but still surprised about Ronaldo missing

    roasty_mufc , Bobby, Best and Law are there. just as in real life as a holy trinity statue.

  11. Mads_the_Red says:

    actually, the one behind Keano seems like Ronaldo

  12. lordrt says:

    Seems the cantona one was in 1997

  13. Bishopville Red says:

    My Manchester United is led out by Bryan Robson. Period.


  14. Rorschach says:

    Could do without all the faux-Roman imagery and the crosses.

  15. Red Truth says:

    Past and present legends?


    Deary me.

  16. planetx6 says:

    where can i buy this?

  17. Zino says:

    You’ll c best, sir bobby & dennis @ the top left corner….. Close to giggs’ head in form of statues

  18. United Till I Die says:

    I was a bit miffed by the selection of players as well, but when you think about it we’ve had so many class players at the Club over the years the artist would be criticised either way.

    The style is renaissance as stated, so you are gonna have Roman imagery all over it, overtly or not. Anybody upset about Cantona represented as “Jesus” shouldn’t get their knickers in a twist.

    ALL those renaissance paintings across Europe depicting “Jesus” in the style of a conquering Roman Emperor are hardly authentic Hebrew artwork – know wot I mean?

    To me the style is more unionist/socialist/working class anyway. Not sure what the correct term is, but I grew up with murals in that style painted on the sides of buildings. The artist is class imo, even though I’d want a different line up of players in the parade.

  19. bigphil2003 says:

    What are the crosses supposed to be there for? Also seems a bit odd not to have the shirt sponsors and the Nike ticks – like it or not they are part of the shirt, they just look weird without it. But I guess maybe he wasn’t allowed to use those for licensing or something?
    I like the idea of the picture though, just a few things stand out to stop me really enjoying it.

  20. United Till I Die says:

    @BigPhil – well, the players are being depicted as a Roman Legion, returning from a victorious “campaign”, to a huge “parade” in front of the “colossal” Theatre of Dreams “Stadium”.

    When the Romans returned from war they carried the spoils of war (Trophies) above their heads along with their banners (Flags) and dragged their defeated rivals behind them. My guess is those crosses represent all the other clubs we “crucified” on the way to victory. Make of that what you will mate!

  21. Neil says:

    It’s epic, but my only complaint is that CR7 isn’t in it. Say what you will about loyalty or whatever, but he won the Ballon D’Or in 2008 for us and was second in 2007 and 2009. A player who has done that for us deserves to be in the pantheon. Not to mention the trophies he won with us. I don’t care if he left us for the Virus or not.

  22. King Eric says:

    Bishopville – Absolutely mate. Boyhood idol Robbo.

  23. Mancunian says:

    Bishopville- Spot on our greatest ever captain!!!!!!

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