You wouldn’t blame Manchester United players for turning to the bottle this season – in fact it would explain some of their recent performances – but at least there’s an obvious drink with which to drown their sorrows (and, ideally, their manager).

Scotch whisky Chivas has unveiled Chivas The Icon 50th Anniversary Limited Edition to celebrate Manchester United’s 1968 European Cup triumph. Four bottles of the 50-year-old Scotch have been created, one for each of the goals scored by Manchester United in the 4-1 victory over Benefica.

While the bottle might serve to remind the club how far it’s fallen in recent years, at least it offers an instant if expensive solution to forgetting the post-Ferguson era. (Until the next morning.)

Only one of the four bottles will be available to the general public, going on sale with Sotheby’s in an online-only auction from 23-30 November. The bottle is estimated to fetch £30,000 – or roughly 6% of Alexis Sanchez’s (0 goals in eight appearances this season) weekly wage.

Anyway, we don’t doubt the whisky will be delicious, and if you’re a connoisseur of rare bottles or a red-blooded United fan then it’s definitely worth lodging a bid.

All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Manchester United Foundation – which will undoubtedly make better use of the money than Ed Woodward would have done.

We look forward to 2019 when we’ll discover how Yanmar, the official tractor of Manchester United, plans to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Treble.

Meanwhile enjoy the below video, which admittedly is pretty slick. 

For more info, see Chivas