Super Cup 1991
Sir Alex joined a select band of managers to have won the UEFA Super Cup twice when he presided over United’s 1991 defeat of Red Star Belgrade.
The Reds boss had previously been victorious in the annual contest as Aberdeen boss in 1983, when his side beat Hamburg over two legs.
On both occasions, Sir Alex’s sides were the holders of the Cup Winners’ Cup; in the other two finals he has lost as United boss (against Lazio in 1999 and Zenit St. Petersburg in 2008), the Reds went into the game as Champions League winners.
The meeting with European Cup holders Red Star in November 1991 was a first taste of the competition for United, who had earned a place by beating Barcelona in Rotterdam six months earlier.
Due to political unrest in Yugoslavia, the game was only played over one leg at Old Trafford (it wasn’t until 1998 that the Super Cup officially became a single-match contest).
And after Steve Bruce’s early penalty miss, United went ahead through a 69th-minute Brian McClair strike and held on to secure a third trophy of Sir Alex’s reign.
UEFA Super Cup
19 November 1991, Old Trafford
MANCHESTER UNITED 1
RED STAR BELGRADE 0
United: Schmeichel, Irwin, Bruce, Pallister, Martin (Giggs 71), Kanchelskis, Webb, Ince, Blackmore, McClair, Hughes.
Red Star: Milojevic, Radinovic, Vasilijevic, Tanjga, Belodedic, Najdoski, Stosic, Jugovic, Pancev, Savicevic (Ivic 82), Mihajlovic.