Manchester U 4 Chelsea 0
Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0, Wembley Stadium, English FA Cup Final, May 14, 1994. Manchester United went into the FA Cup Final in May 1994 as Premiership champions, having won the title by a handsome margin. In a rather sharp contrast, their opponents that day, Chelsea, had finished the 1993–94 season in the bottom half of the top-flight table.
Chelsea reached their first FA Cup Final since 1970 when player-manager Glenn Hoddle and his assistant Peter Shreeves guided The Blues to Wembley in 1994. The West Londoners had struggled during the first half of the Premier League campaign, but the players picked themselves up and played better and better as the season went on. Despite this, though, newly crowned Premier League Champions Manchester United were red hot favourites to win the FA Cup Final against the Stamford Bridge club. Chelsea had managed to beat Luton Town 2–0 in the semi-finals of the competition courtesy of a brace from former Newcastle United midfield player Gavin Peacock, while United, for their part, had defeated neighbouring rivals Oldham Athletic 4–1 in a replay thanks to goals from Denis Irwin, Andrei Kanchelskis, Bryan Robson, and Ryan Giggs respectively, after the first game between the two clubs had ended with a 1–1 draw. But although Manchester United clearly had the strongest team on paper, Chelsea were the better side ahead of the half-time break, and Peacock, who was one of Hoddles´s first signings at Stamford Bridge, almost handed The Blues the lead in the first period when his half-volley beat Denmark international Peter Schmeichel and made the crossbar sing.
During the second half of the tie, Manchester United slowly, but surely, started to take control of the match and went on to record four goals, with the opener being scored by French international Eric Cantona from the penalty spot on the hour mark. And six minutes later in the clash, Cantona converted yet another penalty kick before a precise shot from the always dangerous Mark Hughes after 69 minutes made it 3–0 to the FA Carling Premiership champions. With just six minutes remaining of the 1994 FA Cup Final, Alex Ferguson made a double substitution as Brian McClair and Lee Sharpe replaced Denis Irwin and Andrei Kanchelskis respectively, and then, in the 92nd minute of the increasingly one-sided encounter, an unselfish ball from midfield playmaker Paul Ince left Choccy with a simple finish to take the final score to 4–0. Manchester United thus completed the coveted double of League Championship and FA Cup for the first time in the long history of the club, a feat which had previously been achieved by Preston North End in 1889, Tottenham Hotspur in 1961, Arsenal in 1971, and Liverpool in 1986. Manchester United Team: Peter Schmeichel, Paul Parker, Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister, Denis Irwin, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Andrei Kanchelskis, Paul Ince, Mark Hughes, Eric Cantona. Substitutes: Gary Walsh, Brian McClair, Lee Sharpe. Chelsea Team: Dmitri Kharine, Steve Clarke, Erland Johnsen, Jakob Kjeldbjerg, Frank Sinclair, Craig Burley, Eddie Newton, Gavin Peacock, Dennis Wise, John Spencer, Mark Stein. Substitutes: Kevin Hitchcock, Glenn Hoddle, Tony Cascarino.
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Eric Cantona was appointed as Director of Soccer at the New York Cosmos in January 2011, but the enfant terrible was later sacked by the board after a row with a photographer in London.