Wednesday 29 December 1993
Boundary Park. Att: 16,708
(Sharp 15, R.Holden 26)
MANCHESTER UNITED 5
(Kanchelskis 4, Cantona 18pen, Bruce 38, Giggs 54 60)
United: Schmeichel; Parker, Bruce, Pallister, Irwin; Kanchelskis, Keane, Ince (Robson 63), Sharpe; Cantona (McClair 63), Giggs.
A display of devastating pace featuring starring roles from Andrei Kanchelskis and Ryan Giggs accounted for Oldham in a winter showdown at Boundary Park.
On 29 December 1993, United looked in the mood to retain the title despite conceding twice to the hard-working hosts. Kanchelskis, who had been suffering from 'flu, caught Joe Royle's side cold with the opener and was then felled by Tore Pedersen's blatant foul. Eric Cantona stroked in the penalty but Oldham replied on both occasions through Graeme Sharp, after a mistake by Denis Irwin against his former club, and Rick Holden's free-kick that beat Peter Schmeichel.
Irwin atoned with an inviting corner that was thundered home via the head of Steve Bruce to regain the lead in a pulsating first half. Giggs, playing centrally due to the absence of Mark Hughes, cut inside to drill past Jon Hallworth via a deflection, and then wrapped things up by scrambling over the line to ensure 100 points in the calendar year for the rampant Reds. Check out our video of the champions' goals in the 5-2 success.