United 93/94

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

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
25 July 1993ArsenalN0 – 265,000
29 July 1993Kaizer ChiefsA1 – 1Dublin65,000
31 July 1993BenficaH0 – 121,859
3 August 1993CelticH1 – 0Kanchelskis31,727
10 August 1993BrøndbyA2 – 0Bruce (pen.), Hughes11,372
16 May 1994CelticH1 – 3Dublin42,709

FA Charity Shield

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
7 August 1993ArsenalN1 – 1
(5 – 4p)
Hughes 8′66,519

FA Premier League

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendanceLeague
position
15 August 1993Norwich CityA2 – 0Giggs 26′, Robson 58′19,7055th
18 August 1993Sheffield UnitedH3 – 0Keane (2) 16′, 43′, Hughes 85′41,9491st
21 August 1993Newcastle UnitedH1 – 1Giggs 40′41,8293rd
23 August 1993Aston VillaA2 – 1Sharpe (2) 17′, 74′39,6241st
28 August 1993SouthamptonA3 – 1Sharpe 5′, Cantona 16′, Irwin 49′,16,1891st
1 September 1993West Ham UnitedH3 – 0Sharpe 7′, Cantona 44′ (pen.), Bruce 88′44,6131st
11 September 1993ChelseaA0 – 137,0641st
19 September 1993ArsenalH1 – 0Cantona 37′44,0091st
25 September 1993Swindon TownH4 – 2Kanchelskis 4′, Cantona 40′, Hughes (2) 51′, 90′44,5831st
2 October 1993Sheffield WednesdayA3 – 2Hughes (2) 50′, 67′, Giggs 70′34,5481st
16 October 1993Tottenham HotspurH2 – 1Keane 65′, Sharpe 69′44,6551st
23 October 1993EvertonA1 – 0Sharpe 53′35,4301st
30 October 1993Queens Park RangersH2 – 1Cantona 53′, Hughes 57′44,6631st
7 November 1993Manchester CityA3 – 2Cantona (2) 52′, 78′, Keane 87′35,1551st
20 November 1993WimbledonH3 – 1Pallister 53′, Hughes 65′, Kanchelskis 80′44,7481st
24 November 1993Ipswich TownH0 – 043,3001st
27 November 1993Coventry CityA1 – 0Cantona 60′17,0201st
4 December 1993Norwich CityH2 – 2Giggs 30′, McClair 42′44,6941st
7 December 1993Sheffield UnitedA3 – 0Hughes 13′, Sharpe 27′, Cantona 60′26,7461st
11 December 1993Newcastle UnitedA1 – 1Ince 60′36,3881st
19 December 1993Aston VillaH3 – 1Cantona (2) 21′, 89′, Ince 90′44,4991st
26 December 1993Blackburn RoversH1 – 1Ince 88′44,5111st
29 December 1993Oldham AthleticA5 – 2Kanchelskis 4′, Cantona 19′ (pen.), Bruce 39′, Giggs (2) 53′, 59′16,7081st
1 January 1994Leeds UnitedH0 – 044,7241st
4 January 1994LiverpoolA3 – 3Bruce 9′, Giggs 20′, Irwin 24′42,7951st
15 January 1994Tottenham HotspurA1 – 0Hughes 49′31,3431st
22 January 1994EvertonH1 – 0Giggs 27′44,7501st
5 February 1994Queens Park RangersA3 – 2Kanchelskis 19′, Cantona 45′, Giggs 59′21,2671st
26 February 1994West Ham UnitedA2 – 2Hughes 6′, Ince 87′28,8321st
5 March 1994ChelseaH0 – 144,7451st
16 March 1994Sheffield WednesdayH5 – 0Giggs 14′, Hughes 15′, Ince 21′, Cantona (2) 45′, 55′43,6691st
19 March 1994Swindon TownA2 – 2Keane 13′, Ince 62′,18,1021st
22 March 1994ArsenalA2 – 2Sharpe (2) 10′ 53′36,2031st
30 March 1994LiverpoolH1 – 0Ince 36′44,7511st
2 April 1994Blackburn RoversA0 – 220,8861st
4 April 1994Oldham AthleticH3 – 2Giggs 11′, Dublin 66′, Ince 67′44,6861st
16 April 1994WimbledonA0 – 128,5531st
23 April 1994Manchester CityH2 – 0Cantona (2) 40′, 45′44,3331st
27 April 1994Leeds UnitedA2 – 0Kanchelskis 47′, Giggs 85′41,1251st
1 May 1994Ipswich TownA2 – 1Cantona 36′, Giggs 47′22,5591st
4 May 1994SouthamptonH2 – 0Kanchelskis 60′, Hughes 89′44,7051st
8 May 1994Coventry CityH0 – 044,7171st
PosClubPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Manchester United42271148038+4292
2Blackburn Rovers4225986336+2784
3Newcastle United42238118241+4177

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

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
9 January 1994Round 3Sheffield UnitedA1 – 0Hughes 61′22,019
30 January 1994Round 4Norwich CityA2 – 0Keane 18′, Cantona 73′21,060
20 February 1994Round 5WimbledonA3 – 0Cantona 42′, Ince 63′, Irwin 71′27,511
12 March 1994Round 6Charlton AthleticH3 – 1Hughes 46′, Kanchelskis (2) 71′, 75′44,347
10 April 1994Semi-finalOldham AthleticN1 – 1Hughes 119′56,399
13 April 1994Semi-final ReplayOldham AthleticN4 – 1Irwin 9′, Kanchelskis 15′, Robson 62′, Giggs 68′32,311
14 May 1994FinalChelseaN4 – 0Cantona (2) 60′ (pen.), 66′ (pen.), Hughes 68′, McClair 90′79,634

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
22 September 1993Round 2
First leg
Stoke CityA1 – 2Dublin 72′23,327
6 October 1993Round 2
Second leg
Stoke CityH2 – 0Sharpe 46′, McClair 88′41,387
27 October 1993Round 3Leicester CityH5 – 1Bruce (2) 7′, 86′, McClair 14′, Sharpe 53′, Hughes 62′41,344
30 November 1993Round 4EvertonA2 – 0Hughes 13′, Giggs 46′34,052
12 January 1994Round 5PortsmouthH2 – 2Giggs 29′, Cantona 60′43,794
26 January 1994Round 5 ReplayPortsmouthA1 – 0McClair 27′24,950
13 February 1994Semi-final
First leg
Sheffield WednesdayH1 – 0Giggs 19′43,294
2 March 1994Semi-final
Second leg
Sheffield WednesdayA4 – 1McClair 4′, Kanchelskis 10′, Hughes (2) 38′, 82′43,794
27 March 1994FinalAston VillaN1 – 3Hughes 82′77,231

UEFA Champions League

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
15 September 1993First round
First leg
Kispest HonvédA3 – 2Keane (2) 9′, 42′, Cantona 44′9,000
29 September 1993First round
Second leg
Kispest HonvédH2 – 1Bruce (2) 55′, 64′35,781
20 October 1993Second round
First leg
GalatasarayH3 – 3Robson 3′, Şükür 13′ (o.g.), Cantona 81′39,346
3 November 1993Second round
Second leg
GalatasarayA0 – 040,000

Squad statistics

No.Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropean CupOtherTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
1GK Peter Schmeichel40070804010600
2DF Paul Parker39(1)07060301055(1)0
3DF Denis Irwin422728(1)0301061(1)4
4DF Steve Bruce413708(1)2421061(1)7
5MF Lee Sharpe26(4)91(2)02(2)2400033(8)11
6DF Gary Pallister41170903010601
7FW Eric Cantona3418545142104825
8MF Paul Ince39871504010559
9FW Brian McClair12(14)11(4)16(1)4000019(19)6
10FW Mark Hughes3612748520115422
11MF Ryan Giggs32(6)13716(2)3401050(8)17
12MF Bryan Robson10(5)11(1)150410(1)020(7)3
13GK Les Sealey000(1)01000001(1)0
14MF Andrei Kanchelskis28(3)66391001044(3)10
15DF Clayton Blackmore000000000000
16MF Roy Keane34(3)5616(1)0321049(4)8
17MF Colin McKee100000000010
18MF Darren Ferguson1(2)0001(1)000002(3)0
19MF Nicky Butt0(1)00(1)00000000(2)0
20FW Dion Dublin1(4)11(1)01(1)10(1)0003(7)2
21DF Lee Martin1000301(1)0005(1)0
22MF Craig Lawton000000000000
23MF Mike Phelan1(1)000201(3)0004(4)0
24MF Paul Scholes000000000000
25GK Gary Walsh2(1)0000000002(1)0
26DF Chris Casper000000000000
27DF Gary Neville1000000(1)0001(1)0
28MF David Beckham000000000000
29MF Ben Thornley0(1)0000000000(1)0
30DF John O’Kane000000000000
31MF Keith Gillespie000000000000
32DF Neil Whitworth000000000000