The 1993–94 season was Manchester United’s second season in the Premier League, and their 19th consecutive season in the top division of English football. Manchester United won the Premier League and FA Cup to become only the fourth club in the 20th century to win the Double. Only a 3–1 defeat to Aston Villa in the League Cup Final prevented them from winning a domestic treble.

They led the Premier League table from the fourth game onwards, and ended up winning the league by eight points over nearest rivals Blackburn Rovers, although their lead of the table had peaked at 16 points halfway through the season. French striker Eric Cantona scored 25 goals in all competitions and was voted PFA Player of the Year. Ryan Giggs, Lee Sharpe and Andrei Kanchelskis also hit the headlines with their brilliant form. In the FA Cup Final, United crushed Chelsea 4–0 thanks to two penalties from Eric Cantona and a goal each from Mark Hughes and Brian McClair.

Roy Keane justified his tag as the most expensive footballer in England by establishing himself as the club’s regular central midfielder alongside Paul Ince, while veterans Mark Hughes, Brian McClair and Steve Bruce continued to excel despite their advancing years. The end of the season saw the club’s longest serving player and joint captain, Bryan Robson, quit Old Trafford after 13 years to become Middlesbrough’s player-manager. Also heading out of the exit door at the end of the season were Les Sealey, Clayton Blackmore, Mike Phelan, Colin McKee, and Giuliano Maiorana. Dion Dublin, who was unable to reclaim a regular place in the first team, was linked with a move away from Old Trafford for much of the season, but a move to Everton in November fell through and he was still at the club when the season ended.

With United’s squad arguably the finest in England, Ferguson’s only close-season signing was David May from Blackburn Rovers. May, 24, was signed by Ferguson in hope that he would develop into an eventual long-term successor to Steve Bruce. United also had plenty of strength in depth with promising teenagers David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes on the verge of making a breakthrough.

Pre-season and friendlies

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
25 July 1993 Arsenal N 0 – 2 65,000
29 July 1993 Kaizer Chiefs A 1 – 1 Dublin 65,000
31 July 1993 Benfica H 0 – 1 21,859
3 August 1993 Celtic H 1 – 0 Kanchelskis 31,727
10 August 1993 Brøndby A 2 – 0 Bruce (pen.), Hughes 11,372
16 May 1994 Celtic H 1 – 3 Dublin 42,709

FA Charity Shield

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
7 August 1993 Arsenal N 1 – 1
(5 – 4p)
Hughes 8′ 66,519

FA Premier League

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance League
position
15 August 1993 Norwich City A 2 – 0 Giggs 26′, Robson 58′ 19,705 5th
18 August 1993 Sheffield United H 3 – 0 Keane (2) 16′, 43′, Hughes 85′ 41,949 1st
21 August 1993 Newcastle United H 1 – 1 Giggs 40′ 41,829 3rd
23 August 1993 Aston Villa A 2 – 1 Sharpe (2) 17′, 74′ 39,624 1st
28 August 1993 Southampton A 3 – 1 Sharpe 5′, Cantona 16′, Irwin 49′, 16,189 1st
1 September 1993 West Ham United H 3 – 0 Sharpe 7′, Cantona 44′ (pen.), Bruce 88′ 44,613 1st
11 September 1993 Chelsea A 0 – 1 37,064 1st
19 September 1993 Arsenal H 1 – 0 Cantona 37′ 44,009 1st
25 September 1993 Swindon Town H 4 – 2 Kanchelskis 4′, Cantona 40′, Hughes (2) 51′, 90′ 44,583 1st
2 October 1993 Sheffield Wednesday A 3 – 2 Hughes (2) 50′, 67′, Giggs 70′ 34,548 1st
16 October 1993 Tottenham Hotspur H 2 – 1 Keane 65′, Sharpe 69′ 44,655 1st
23 October 1993 Everton A 1 – 0 Sharpe 53′ 35,430 1st
30 October 1993 Queens Park Rangers H 2 – 1 Cantona 53′, Hughes 57′ 44,663 1st
7 November 1993 Manchester City A 3 – 2 Cantona (2) 52′, 78′, Keane 87′ 35,155 1st
20 November 1993 Wimbledon H 3 – 1 Pallister 53′, Hughes 65′, Kanchelskis 80′ 44,748 1st
24 November 1993 Ipswich Town H 0 – 0 43,300 1st
27 November 1993 Coventry City A 1 – 0 Cantona 60′ 17,020 1st
4 December 1993 Norwich City H 2 – 2 Giggs 30′, McClair 42′ 44,694 1st
7 December 1993 Sheffield United A 3 – 0 Hughes 13′, Sharpe 27′, Cantona 60′ 26,746 1st
11 December 1993 Newcastle United A 1 – 1 Ince 60′ 36,388 1st
19 December 1993 Aston Villa H 3 – 1 Cantona (2) 21′, 89′, Ince 90′ 44,499 1st
26 December 1993 Blackburn Rovers H 1 – 1 Ince 88′ 44,511 1st
29 December 1993 Oldham Athletic A 5 – 2 Kanchelskis 4′, Cantona 19′ (pen.), Bruce 39′, Giggs (2) 53′, 59′ 16,708 1st
1 January 1994 Leeds United H 0 – 0 44,724 1st
4 January 1994 Liverpool A 3 – 3 Bruce 9′, Giggs 20′, Irwin 24′ 42,795 1st
15 January 1994 Tottenham Hotspur A 1 – 0 Hughes 49′ 31,343 1st
22 January 1994 Everton H 1 – 0 Giggs 27′ 44,750 1st
5 February 1994 Queens Park Rangers A 3 – 2 Kanchelskis 19′, Cantona 45′, Giggs 59′ 21,267 1st
26 February 1994 West Ham United A 2 – 2 Hughes 6′, Ince 87′ 28,832 1st
5 March 1994 Chelsea H 0 – 1 44,745 1st
16 March 1994 Sheffield Wednesday H 5 – 0 Giggs 14′, Hughes 15′, Ince 21′, Cantona (2) 45′, 55′ 43,669 1st
19 March 1994 Swindon Town A 2 – 2 Keane 13′, Ince 62′, 18,102 1st
22 March 1994 Arsenal A 2 – 2 Sharpe (2) 10′ 53′ 36,203 1st
30 March 1994 Liverpool H 1 – 0 Ince 36′ 44,751 1st
2 April 1994 Blackburn Rovers A 0 – 2 20,886 1st
4 April 1994 Oldham Athletic H 3 – 2 Giggs 11′, Dublin 66′, Ince 67′ 44,686 1st
16 April 1994 Wimbledon A 0 – 1 28,553 1st
23 April 1994 Manchester City H 2 – 0 Cantona (2) 40′, 45′ 44,333 1st
27 April 1994 Leeds United A 2 – 0 Kanchelskis 47′, Giggs 85′ 41,125 1st
1 May 1994 Ipswich Town A 2 – 1 Cantona 36′, Giggs 47′ 22,559 1st
4 May 1994 Southampton H 2 – 0 Kanchelskis 60′, Hughes 89′ 44,705 1st
8 May 1994 Coventry City H 0 – 0 44,717 1st
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Manchester United 42 27 11 4 80 38 +42 92
2 Blackburn Rovers 42 25 9 8 63 36 +27 84
3 Newcastle United 42 23 8 11 82 41 +41 77

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

FA Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
9 January 1994 Round 3 Sheffield United A 1 – 0 Hughes 61′ 22,019
30 January 1994 Round 4 Norwich City A 2 – 0 Keane 18′, Cantona 73′ 21,060
20 February 1994 Round 5 Wimbledon A 3 – 0 Cantona 42′, Ince 63′, Irwin 71′ 27,511
12 March 1994 Round 6 Charlton Athletic H 3 – 1 Hughes 46′, Kanchelskis (2) 71′, 75′ 44,347
10 April 1994 Semi-final Oldham Athletic N 1 – 1 Hughes 119′ 56,399
13 April 1994 Semi-final Replay Oldham Athletic N 4 – 1 Irwin 9′, Kanchelskis 15′, Robson 62′, Giggs 68′ 32,311
14 May 1994 Final Chelsea N 4 – 0 Cantona (2) 60′ (pen.), 66′ (pen.), Hughes 68′, McClair 90′ 79,634

League Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
22 September 1993 Round 2
First leg
Stoke City A 1 – 2 Dublin 72′ 23,327
6 October 1993 Round 2
Second leg
Stoke City H 2 – 0 Sharpe 46′, McClair 88′ 41,387
27 October 1993 Round 3 Leicester City H 5 – 1 Bruce (2) 7′, 86′, McClair 14′, Sharpe 53′, Hughes 62′ 41,344
30 November 1993 Round 4 Everton A 2 – 0 Hughes 13′, Giggs 46′ 34,052
12 January 1994 Round 5 Portsmouth H 2 – 2 Giggs 29′, Cantona 60′ 43,794
26 January 1994 Round 5 Replay Portsmouth A 1 – 0 McClair 27′ 24,950
13 February 1994 Semi-final
First leg
Sheffield Wednesday H 1 – 0 Giggs 19′ 43,294
2 March 1994 Semi-final
Second leg
Sheffield Wednesday A 4 – 1 McClair 4′, Kanchelskis 10′, Hughes (2) 38′, 82′ 43,794
27 March 1994 Final Aston Villa N 1 – 3 Hughes 82′ 77,231

UEFA Champions League

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
15 September 1993 First round
First leg
Kispest Honvéd A 3 – 2 Keane (2) 9′, 42′, Cantona 44′ 9,000
29 September 1993 First round
Second leg
Kispest Honvéd H 2 – 1 Bruce (2) 55′, 64′ 35,781
20 October 1993 Second round
First leg
Galatasaray H 3 – 3 Robson 3′, Şükür 13′ (o.g.), Cantona 81′ 39,346
3 November 1993 Second round
Second leg
Galatasaray A 0 – 0 40,000

Squad statistics

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup European Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Denmark Peter Schmeichel 40 0 7 0 8 0 4 0 1 0 60 0
2 DF England Paul Parker 39(1) 0 7 0 6 0 3 0 1 0 55(1) 0
3 DF Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin 42 2 7 2 8(1) 0 3 0 1 0 61(1) 4
4 DF England Steve Bruce 41 3 7 0 8(1) 2 4 2 1 0 61(1) 7
5 MF England Lee Sharpe 26(4) 9 1(2) 0 2(2) 2 4 0 0 0 33(8) 11
6 DF England Gary Pallister 41 1 7 0 9 0 3 0 1 0 60 1
7 FW France Eric Cantona 34 18 5 4 5 1 4 2 1 0 48 25
8 MF England Paul Ince 39 8 7 1 5 0 4 0 1 0 55 9
9 FW Scotland Brian McClair 12(14) 1 1(4) 1 6(1) 4 0 0 0 0 19(19) 6
10 FW Wales Mark Hughes 36 12 7 4 8 5 2 0 1 1 54 22
11 MF Wales Ryan Giggs 32(6) 13 7 1 6(2) 3 4 0 1 0 50(8) 17
12 MF England Bryan Robson 10(5) 1 1(1) 1 5 0 4 1 0(1) 0 20(7) 3
13 GK England Les Sealey 0 0 0(1) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1(1) 0
14 MF Russia Andrei Kanchelskis 28(3) 6 6 3 9 1 0 0 1 0 44(3) 10
15 DF Wales Clayton Blackmore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 MF Republic of Ireland Roy Keane 34(3) 5 6 1 6(1) 0 3 2 1 0 49(4) 8
17 MF Scotland Colin McKee 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
18 MF Scotland Darren Ferguson 1(2) 0 0 0 1(1) 0 0 0 0 0 2(3) 0
19 MF England Nicky Butt 0(1) 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0
20 FW England Dion Dublin 1(4) 1 1(1) 0 1(1) 1 0(1) 0 0 0 3(7) 2
21 DF England Lee Martin 1 0 0 0 3 0 1(1) 0 0 0 5(1) 0
22 MF Wales Craig Lawton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 MF England Mike Phelan 1(1) 0 0 0 2 0 1(3) 0 0 0 4(4) 0
24 MF England Paul Scholes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 GK England Gary Walsh 2(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2(1) 0
26 DF England Chris Casper 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 DF England Gary Neville 1 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 1(1) 0
28 MF England David Beckham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 MF England Ben Thornley 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0
30 DF England John O’Kane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 MF Northern Ireland Keith Gillespie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 DF England Neil Whitworth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0