Sheff United 2 Man United 1
Sheffield United 2 Manchester United 1, Bramall Lane, English Premier League, August 15, 1992. Manchester United succumbed to a narrow and unexpected 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United on the opening day of the first Premier League season. Brian Deane gave The Blades a two-goal cushion before Mark Hughes scored a consolation goal for the visiting side a minute past the hour mark.
The Manchester United First Team Squad for the 1992-93 Premier League campaign included goalkeepers Peter Schmeichel, Les Sealey, and Gary Walsh; defenders Clayton Blackmore, Steve Bruce, Brian Carey, Denis Irwin, Lee Martin, Pat McGibbon, Colin Murdock, Gary Neville, Gary Pallister, Paul Parker, and Neil Whitworth; midfielders Russell Beardsmore, Nicky Butt, Darren Ferguson, Ryan Giggs, Paul Ince, Andrey Kanchelskis, Giuliano Maiorana, Mike Phelan, Bryan Robson, Paul Scholes, and Lee Sharpe; and forwards Eric Cantona, Dion Dublin, Keith Gillespie, Mark Hughes, Brian McClair, and Colin McKee. Ambitious Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson had bolstered his Old Trafford squad during the close season with the signings of defender Patrick McGibbon from Irish League club Portadown and forward Dion Dublin from Football League First Division outfit Cambridge United, while stopper Mal Donaghy, midfield player Paul Wratten, and attacker Mark Robins, had been transferred to Chelsea, Hartlepool United, and Norwich City respectively.
Brian Deane, a £40,000 buy from neighbouring Doncaster Rovers in the summer of 1988, became the first ever player to score a Premier League goal when he found the back of the net with a close range header in the fifth minute of the contest to hand Sheffield United an early lead in front of a home crowd of almost 30,000 spectators at Bramall Lane. The Three Lions striker also had the ball in the net later in the first half, but it was ruled out for offside. Following the break, however, Deane added a second goal for the South Yorkshire club on fifty minutes as the twenty-four-year-old marksman beat Denmark international Peter Schmeichel from the penalty spot after fellow forward Alan Cork had been illegally brought down by England defender Gary Pallister inside the box. Mark Hughes managed to reduce the deficit for Manchester United eleven minutes later, but Sheffield United held firm to win the match by 2-1. In other opening fixtures, Leeds United edged out Wimbledon by a 2-1 margin at Elland Road through a brace by Lee Chapman, while Norwich City defeated Arsenal 4-2 at Highbury where none other than Mark Robins scored two of the goals for The Canaries. Sheffield United Team: Simon Tracey, Alan McLeary, David Barnes, Carl Bradshaw, Paul Beesley, Mike Lake, John Gannon, Kevin Gage, Brian Deane, Glyn Hodges, Alan Cork. Substitutes: Ian Bryson, Charlie Hartfield. Manchester United Team: Peter Schmeichel, Denis Irwin, Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister, Clayton Blackmore, Darren Ferguson, Andre Kanchelskis, Paul Ince, Brian McClair, Mark Hughes, Ryan Giggs. Substitutes: Mike Phelan, Dion Dublin.
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Mark Hughes amassed a total of 16 goals for Manchester United in the 1992-93 season.