FA Cup 1996
Sir Alex became the first manager to win two domestic doubles as United beat Liverpool to add the FA Cup to the league title.
Eric Cantona, surrounded by youthful regeneration, hit a late winner at Wembley to secure a historic victory as Roy Evans’ side, best remembered for some questionable pre-match suits, went home empty-handed.
Ironically, Anfield legend and Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen had proclaimed earlier in the season that United would ‘win nothing with kids’ after Sir Alex opted to replace the ‘old with the new’ at Old Trafford.
Out went experienced campaigners Mark Hughes, Paul Ince and Andrei Kanchelskis, with the immeasurable talents of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers stepping up to fill the void.
Sir Alex’s new recruits flourished in the first team spotlight, overthrowing Newcastle in the title race whilst navigating a tricky route in the FA Cup with victories over Sunderland, Reading, Manchester City, Southampton and Chelsea.
United’s run to the 1996 FA Cup final:
United 2-2 Sunderland
Sunderland 1-2 United (replay)
Reading 0-3 United
(Cantona, Giggs, Parker)
United 2-1 Manchester City
United 2-0 Southampton
United 2-1 Chelsea
United 1-0 Liverpool
United’s final line-up:
Schmeichel; Irwin, May, Pallister, P Neville; Beckham, Butt, Keane, Giggs; Cantona, Cole.