At the end of the 1994/95 campaign, United not only experienced last-day heartbreak in the title race but also lost the FA Cup final to Everton.
It was a difficult time for the Reds following Eric Cantona's lengthy suspension and the media criticised Andy Cole after he was unable to grab a priceless winner at West Ham, while champions Blackburn slipped up at Liverpool. There are parallels to this year in the way the manager responded to adversity and it's worth remembering United did the Double the following season.
You were very sporting in congratulating Blackburn for winning the league. Would you agree that you were perhaps a little more sporting than Kenny Dalglish has been to you at times?
To be honest with you, I'm not really interested in what Kenny's attitude is in terms of these things. That's for him to look at. We can hold our hands up and say anybody that beats Manchester United with that many points deserves to win the title. We recognise that Blackburn have made a great effort and it's not beyond us to say 'well done'. That's the attitude this club has.
There have been a few magnificent results this season..
Och, it's been a great season for results. The great thing about this club is that we've tried to win every game, that's the important thing. And we try to play football. There's no other club in the country that's like that. I think anybody watching us gets their money's worth. The Ipswich match, as I've said before, was a once-in-a-lifetime performance when everybody was absolutely magnificent. It could have been more but we're happy that we created a record in the Premier League.
How much of a boost was it when Eric Cantona decided to stay?
A tremendous boost. The easiest thing for him to do was to leave. But he wanted to stay and, by staying, he's telling everybody he's a courageous person. He's made a bold step and we're going to support that. We hope there's no aggravation