FA Cup 1990
So, this is when it all began.
Sir Alex’s men had to fight hard for their first ever trophy under the boss with four away draws and two replays – including one in the final – to contend with on their way to claiming the FA Cup.
Many still point to Mark Robins’ clincher in the third round win to Nottingham Forest as being a job-saving goal for the United boss who was under pressure to deliver some silverware at the time.
The Reds went on to secure victories away at Hereford United, Newcastle and Sheffield United, before successfully navigating a semi-final against Oldham.
Crystal Palace were the opposition in an epic final at Wembley which ended honours even.
Defender Lee Martin was the unlikely hero in the replay after bursting forward and blasting home a second half winner. Cue the first of many, many trophy celebrations.
United’s run to the 1990 FA Cup final:
Nottingham Forest 0-1 United
Hereford United 0-1 United
Newcastle 2-3 United
(Robins, McClair, Wallace)
Sheff. United 0-1 United
United 3-3 Oldham
(Robson, Wallace, Webb)
Replay: United 2-1 Oldham
United 3-3 Crystal Palace
(Hughes 2, Robson)
Replay: United 1-0 Crystal Palace
United’s final line-up (replay): Sealey; Phelan, Bruce, Pallister, Martin; Webb, Robson, Ince, Wallace; McClair, Hughes.