Coca-Cola (League) Cup
Vale Park, 21 September 1994
PORT VALE 1
MANCHESTER UNITED 2
(Scholes 36, 53)
United: Walsh; Neville (O'Kane), May, Keane, Irwin; Gillespie, Beckham, Butt, Davies; Scholes, McClair. Subs not used: Pilkington, Sharpe.
Seventeen years ago, United courted controvesy by fielding a 'weakened' team in the League Cup.
Just as he did at Leeds on Tuesday night, Sir Alex Ferguson made significant changes to his line-up as the Reds travelled to Port Vale on 21 September 1994. Only two players were asked to start again having faced Liverpool five days earlier - Denis Irwin and David May - and the nine men drafted into the side included some then rather unfamiliar names including Gary Neville, David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes. It was the latter who hogged the headlines and little wonder after scoring both United goals on his senior debut, as the visitors to Vale Park won 2-1.
Sir Alex later admitted his selection "could incur the wrath of the authorities, but people expect us to do the right thing for Manchester United. The inexperience of my side was an advantage tonight because they didn't seem to have a care and feared no-one. The boy Scholes took his goals superbly, and capped an excellent performance by the whole team."