Old Trafford, Saturday 9 January 1993
MANCHESTER UNITED 4
(Cantona 40, Irwin 52, McClair 53, Parker 58)
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1
United: Schmeichel; Parker, Pallister, Bruce (Phelan 59), Irwin; Sharpe, Ince, McClair, Giggs (Kanchelskis 79); Hughes, Cantona.
Tottenham: Thorstvedt; Austin, Mabbutt, Raddock, Edinburgh; Samways, Nayim, Howells, Allen; Sheringham, Barmby.
United were level on points with Aston Villa in second place in the Premier League when Tottenham visited Old Trafford in January 1993.
Norwich City were top of the table by three points, but Alex Ferguson's side would go above them on goal difference with a win over the north London outfit.
Action: United's early pressure finally told in the 40th minute as Eric Cantona rose highest to nod Denis Irwin's flighted cross beyond Erik Thorstvedt in the Tottenham goal. In the second half, Cantona and Irwin combined again; this time the Frenchman's sublime chipped pass picked out the full-back, who doubled the Reds' lead. With Spurs reeling, Brian McClair lashed home a long-range third and even Paul Parker got in on the act, exchanging passes with McClair and sliding home his first United goal. Nicky Barmby's late strike gave the visiting fans something to cheer about, but it was very much United's day.
Reaction: The Reds overhauled and then saw off the challenges of Norwich and Villa, sealing a first league title in 26 years on a memorable night at Old Trafford in May, with Sir Matt Busby watching on as United returned to the top of the domestic game.