Title by title: 1993/94
In Bryan Robson’s final season and Roy Keane’s first, United secured a second consecutive title triumph…
With the league drought relieved at last in 1992/93, the Reds played with ever-inventive brain – and no shortage of brawn when required – in 1993/94, leading from the front to became only the fourth side to win the league and FA Cup in the 20th century. It was a fitting tribute to the legacy of Sir Matt Busby, who passed away in January.
The old guard were moving on on the pitch, too. As Bryan Robson faded gradually from view, we clapped eyes on Captain Marvel’s ready-made replacement for the first time. Young firebrand Roy Keane joined for a British-transfer-record £3.75 million in the close season, taking to the rarified surrounds of Old Trafford as if to the manor born – scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Sheffield United on his home debut.
Robson – who scored that day too, to remind the young upstart he was still around – received a fitting send-off, hoisting the league trophy once more alongside Steve Bruce, who became the first Englishman to captain a team to the Double. Eric Cantona, a shoo-in for Players’ Player of the Year, was the main man once more, bagging 18 goals in 34 starts as the Reds topped the table by eight points from ‘Uncle’ Jack Walker’s free-spending Blackburn Rovers.
With Kanchelskis, Sharpe and Giggs running riot, 80-goal United were utterly irresistible as an attacking force – beaten only once until March. Highlights included nap hands against Oldham Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday, dissected 5-2 and 5-0. Naturally enough, the boss was the first recipient of the Premier League Manager of the Year award.
Points tally: 92
Nearest challenger: Blackburn (84 points)
Most appearances: Denis Irwin (42)
Top scorer: Eric Cantona (18)
Player of the season: Eric Cantona
After an impressive six-month cameo the previous season that got United’s decade of success rolling good and proper, the reign of Le Roi began in earnest.
The road to victory: title no.9
Goals For: 80
Goals Against: 38
Biggest win: 5-0 v Sheff. Wed (H)