UEFA Champions League
Wednesday 7 December 1994
(Davies, Beckham, Keane, Bulent og.)
United: Walsh; Neville, Pallister, Bruce, Irwin; Beckham, Keane, Butt, Davies; Cantona, McClair.
Galatasaray: Stauce; Ergun, Sedat, Bulent, Mert, Hamza; Arif, Tugay, Suat, Kubilay; Hakan Sukur.
On 7 December back in 1994, the Reds hosted Turkish giants Galatasaray with a fresh-faced youngster from Leytonstone making his Champions League debut.
David Beckham was one of four young guns in the United line-up as Sir Alex Ferguson looked to acquaint some of his fledglings with Europe's premier competition. Two of those rookies combined to put the Reds in front, Simon Davies collecting a cross-field pass from Gary Neville and smashing a low finish into the bottom corner.
Eric Cantona went close to adding a second before Beckham opened his European account, good work from Brian McClair allowing the midfielder to drive home from 20 yards. The Turks were on the ropes and, after the interval, Sir Alex's side pressed home the advantage, Roy Keane ghosting past two defenders to slot home the third, before Bulent's own goal made it four after a searing run and cross from Cantona.
The seeds were sown. Five and a half years later, Beckham, Neville and Nicky Butt were all part of the side that ended United's wait since '68 to win the European Cup again.