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PICTURE: United > England 1966

This newspaper clipping, taken from March 1966, shows the opinion of referee Concetto Lo Bello that Manchester United were better than the International team, who went on to win the World Cup a few months later.

Concetto Lo Bello was an Italian referee who holds the record for taking charge of the most Serie A games. His career lasted 30 years and throughout the 1960s he was regarded as one of the world’s finest referees.

Two years after making these comments about United he refereed the European Cup final between us and Benfica at Wembley.

Newspaper clip from Manchester United football book

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  1. ohiored says:

    utd better than england #fact

  2. MG says:

    The man obviously knew his football :lol:

  3. Fred says:

    Wow, this is a very interesting artifact. Thank you very much for posting it. :)

  4. geneside says:

    it should be

    united >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>england

  5. Fred says:

    Last night I watched the brilliant BBC documentary on Sir Bobby Charlton. Those of you who haven’t seen it; take it from me, it’s a MUST WATCH.

    Anyway, the point is that Sir Bobby was and is immensely proud to have played for his country. I really think some people take this “love United, hate England” thing too far. I think if you made these kind of comments to the great man himself, Sir Bobby would give you very short shrift indeed. I’m just saying.

  6. giggsy11 says:

    Thank you for sharing.. :D

  7. Clint-IamYourPapii says:

    Honestly I Hate modern england, they was fine up to 2002 Then everything from attitude, ability, respect & Dedication from manager,FA, staff, wembeley, Players &Captaincy went Pair shaped and it became a huge Circus of Exaggerated, over-rated National Bag of Shit & Piss.

    Manchester United however will never change or die….there is too much strong history within this wonderful club to let it die expectation wise & Our Legacy is Known all over the footballing world as One of The Best Clubs in Sports.

    Like Cedars says ” Manchester United is a Love-Affair”

  8. smartalex says:

    The article says that Concetto Lo Bello refereed United’s quarter final against Benfica in ’66 as well as the final 2 years later. I wonder if he still felt the same way after our Cup winning exploits. He would have been asked.

  9. Fred says:

    I’m sure he did.

  10. Passe says:

    @ Last paragraph:
    Only one team in Manchester since 1966.

  11. mo says:

    i used to support england but the culmination of english fans ( disrupting munich minute silence/reserving harsh criticism for united players), the englsih media, the fa and twats like terry and wilshire making them a second team to united.

  12. Fred says:


  13. King Eric says:

    Fred. Yeah mate that documentary is top drawer. What a man Sir Bobby is. Just on with his book at the minute.

    While I agree Sir Bobby wouldn’t go for this United are better than Ingerlund I am agfraid I have to. I just don’t like them. I won’t state the reasons as most people are aware but no they aint for me these days.

    “We all agree. United are better than Ingerlund“

  14. dannysoya says:


  15. T4M says:

  16. Who the fuck a you Who the fuck are you says:

    He is 10000000000000000% fucking right

  17. WHAT ??? says:

    United > England …Arguably it was ever thus, we’d flipping SPANK ENGLAND if we played them today, they could even borrow Rooney and Young.

  18. willierednut says:

    United > England, well of course! :)

  19. Giles Oakley says:

    I seem to remember that the England performance in the match referred to against Spain was actually very good, one of the first signs that they’d be real contenders in the World Cup that year. That actually strengthens the claim that United were stronger than England at that time. Of course both teams had the spine of Nobby Stiles & Bobby Charlton, so both were pretty good then.

  20. indiandevil says:

    Young Lions bow out as another generation of English players make their preparation for failure at senior international level :/

    Liverpool’s new signing Henderson had a torrid tournament where as Sturridge, Welbeck and Smalling were the bright spots.

    Expect Stuart Pierce to get the boot soon.\

    Guys here’s a piece on growing obsesssion with FC Barcelona in United cirlces:

  21. thundercats says:

    indian devil
    u just copy pasted ur comment from other thread..!


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