Of course, one famous pundit reckoned you win nothing with kids but Sir Alex’s youngsters, galvanised by the talismanic Eric Cantona, proved Alan Hansen very wrong.
A campaign that started with a 3-1 defeat at Aston Villa ended with glory as Cantona’s late strike sealed the FA Cup and, with it, the Double in a sweet Wembley victory against Liverpool.
This was the season when Newcastle’s enterprising team under Kevin Keegan looked nail-on to lift the title, after the sale of Andrei Kanchelskis, Paul Ince and Mark Hughes in the summer looked a bold gamble from Sir Alex. Gradually, however, the youngsters started to shine in their absence and became stars in the own right as the likes of David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers really made their mark.
Newcastle were 10 points ahead when United beat the Magpies 2-0 at Old Trafford in late December and a famous 1-0 win at St James’ Park with Peter Schmeichel producing one of best-ever displays and Cantona, inevitably, notching the winner, closed the gap to a single point.
‘We won the Football League again, down by the Riverside’ boomed the Reds faithful on the final day as Middlesbrough were swept aside 3-0 to clinch the Premier League trophy.
Points tally: 82
Nearest challengers: Newcastle (78 points)
Most appearances: Peter Schmeichel (36)
Top scorer: Eric Cantona (14)
Player of the season: Eric Cantona
League champions 1995/96
Goals For: 73
Goals Against: 35
Biggest win: 6-0 v Bolton (A)