European Cup-Winners Cup final
Rotterdam, 15 May 1991
MANCHESTER UNITED 2
(Hughes 67 74)
United: Sealey; Irwin, Blackmore, Bruce, Pallister; Sharpe, Robson, Ince, Phelan; McClair, Hughes.
Sub not used: Donaghy, Walsh, Webb, Robins, Wallace.
In the first year English clubs were allowed back into Europe, Sir Alex's side upset the odds with a brilliant 2-1 victory against Barcelona.
After ending a trophy drought with the FA Cup, this was another step towards building the winning mentality under the boss but few gave United too much hope of defeating Johan Cruyff's much-vaunted side.
Yet Mark Hughes was on a man on a mission after a short-lived stay at Camp Nou and he claimed the opener from close range from Steve Bruce's header. The second strike was a graphic illustration of Sparky's power as he burst through and, although forced wide by Carles Busquets, his blockbuster finish found the net.
Ronald Koeman pulled one back with a free-kick and United survived some nervous moments in the closing stages to lift the trophy in front of the delirious travelling supporters.