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Joe Ganley

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In that glorious year, Alex Ferguson's team became only the second United side to retain the league title, and the first since the devastating Munich Air Disaster of 1958.

And with what bracing style we accomplished that feat, finishing eight points clear of Blackburn Rovers with a whopping 92 points, and serving up a delicious platter of sublime goals.

You can watch every strike from Cantona, Giggs et al in our video below...

United headed into the new season as champions for the first time since 1967 and, what's more, we'd added the services of young Irish midfielder Roy Keane to our already formidable squad.

Freed from the weight of the 26-year-wait to end Old Trafford's yearning for the top-flight title, Ferguson's men started the new term with a sense of confidence and fun, winning 13 of the first 15 games and building an imposing lead atop the Premier League table.

There was a slight dip in intensity in March and early April but, in truth, the class of 1993-94 were never in danger of relinquishing their grip on English football's most coveted piece of silverware. Crowned champions in early May when Kenny Dalglish's Blackburn lost 2-1 to Coventry, we went on to add the FA Cup to our trophy haul, making United just the sixth club in the country to seize the Double (joining Preston, Aston Villa, Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool).

The only regret was that Sir Matt Busby did not manage to live to see his beloved club cement their dominance. The visionary Scot passed away in January 1994.


Cantona v Arsenal

A clear sign that the French genius was well and truly smack in the middle of his imperial phase. This thunderous free-kick earned all three points against George Graham's obdurate Gunners, and the iconic finger-pointing-with-your-arm-in-a-cast celebration had kids all over Manchester praying they too might be fortunate enough to fracture their arm, so as to mimic Eric.

Keane v Man City

Possibly the most important goal of Roy Keane's maiden season, this effort completed one of the best implausible comebacks of United's golden era under Ferguson. Racing in at the back post to make it 3-2, Keane's desire and thirst to compete, to emerge victorious, were made blindingly obvious. And what an effect those qualities were to have over the 12 years he would spend in M16.

Steve Bruce and Bryan Robson lift the Premier League trophy, as United retain the title for the first time since 1957.

Hughes v Sheffield Wednesday

Potentially the greatest goal scored by someone who was indisputably a scorer of truly great goals. A weapons-grade half-volley from simply miles out, the Stretford End crossbar is probably still vibrating from its impact.

Giggs v QPR

A freewheeling George Best-style insurgency through Rangers' beleaguered defence, this was early-period Giggs at full throttle. Within seconds of the Welshman picking up the ball, three QPR lads are lying flat on the ground and the ball's been blasted home. Nice one, Ryan.


Top scorers: Cantona 18, Giggs 13, Hughes 12

Assist Kings: Cantona 12, Ince 10, Giggs 7.

Most Appearances: Irwin 42, Bruce, Pallister 41

Eric Cantona was once again instrumental for United, finishing as top scorer.


Alex Ferguson: “Liberated from the pressures that a quarter of a century without a title had imposed, our players brought a new authority to their game and began to justify being rated as one of the very best teams ever to wear the United colours. Given the heights of quality achieved more than once in the Busby era, claims that the class of '94 were the greatest Reds could be severely questioned, but I have no doubt they would stand up well to any comparison.”Joe Lovejoy (The Independent):“Champions again, then, and rightly so. They are the best team in the country by a wider margin than the table would suggest, and would doubtless have won the league more comfortably had they not been distracted by their various cup commitments, none of which can be said to have affected Blackburn. Last May, the talk was of United going on to monopolise the title, a la Liverpool, and 12 months on, it seems we are indeed witnessing a new golden era.”Steve Bruce: “It's a real thrill and a tremendous achievement for everyone at the club by retaining the championship. When you are the defending champions you are up there to be shot at and everyone wants to beat you. All credit to Blackburn and I know exactly how they feel because we were in the same position as them two years ago. But they pushed us hard as is proved by the fact that we had amassed 88 points and still not been sure of winning the title. That tells the story.”

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