The Manchester United of the Premier League era is synonymous with success. As the most decorated club in England and one of the biggest football teams in the world, it would be almost unthinkable to see it caught up in a relegation battle - but this is precisely what happened in the 1970s.
Too Good to Go Down vividly recalls the period with rare archive footage and exclusive interviews with those who moulded the club through this defining era including; Denis Law, Tommy Docherty, Paddy Crerand, Lou Macari, Willie Morgan, Alex Stepney, Stuart Pearson, Sammy McIlroy, Martin Edwards, Gordon Hill, Jim McCalliog, Cliff Butler and Patrick Barclay. The film’s release comes as interest in this period of the club’s history increases with the imminent release of a book into the story by acclaimed football author Wayne Barton.
With the resignation of Sir Matt Busby in 1969, Manchester United lost the man who had forged the modern club, winning five First Division titles, two FA Cups and one European Cup. Wilf McGuiness and Frank O’Farrell tried, but failed to replicate the glory of the Busby era and Manchester United slid towards the relegation zone.
In December 1972, as United languished near the foot of the table, Tommy Docherty resigned from his job as the head-coach of Scotland to take the reins at Old Trafford and lead United to survival. An ageing team and tensions in the dressing room, however, meant that the club succumbed to relegation the following season. Despite the anger of players and fans alike, relegation proved to be a positive catalyst, and Docherty was able to bring his team back to the First Division at the first time of asking, sowing the seeds for a new era of success at Old Trafford.