Cup Winners’ Cup 1991
There have been several watershed moments in Sir Alex’s 25-year reign and his first European trophy with the Reds was one of them.
United qualified for the 1990/91 Cup Winners’ Cup by virtue of the previous season’s FA Cup final replay win over Crystal Palace, the manager’s first silverware with the Reds.
It was United’s first foray into Europe since the ban on English clubs entering European competitions was lifted.
The Reds did not concede a single goal in the first two rounds, recording home and away wins over Pecsi Munkas and Wrexham.
Montpellier provided a sterner test but the Reds came through 3-1 on aggregate, before Legia Warsaw were dispatched 4-2 over both legs of the semi-final.
And Mark Hughes was the hero in the final in Rotterdam, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over his former club Barcelona.
It was actually Ferguson’s second Cup Winners’ Cup triumph – he had guided Aberdeen to a shock 2-1 win over Real Madrid eight years earlier.
Road to Rotterdam
United 2 Pecsi Munkas 0
Pecsi Munkas 0 United 1
United 3 Wrexham 0
Wrexham 0 United 2
United 1 Montpellier 1
Montpellier 0 United 2
Legia Warsaw 1 United 3
United 1 Legia Warsaw 1
United 2 Barcelona 1
United’s final line-up: Sealey; Blackmore, Bruce, Pallister, Blackmore; Phelan, Robson, Ince, Sharpe; McClair, Hughes.