On This Day in Football: Old Trafford reopens, Bundesliga begins

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During World War II, German bombing runs across Manchester had destroyed much of Manchester United’s iconic Old Trafford stadium.

The FA had already suspended league football in 1939, but even when it returned in 1946, Old Trafford was still in the rebuilding phase. United rented the Maine Road stadium, home of their bitter rivals Manchester City, for £5000 a year and a percentage of gate receipts to play their home games for three seasons.

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