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Video: United vs Spurs '93

Manchester United 4 Tottenham Hotspur 1 | FA Premier League | Saturday 9 January 1993

United's first home Premier League game against Tottenham was a classic, with the Reds' memorable performance resulting in a handsome 4-1 win.

In the club's opening league fixture of 1993, a certain Eric Cantona stole the show as the Daily Star credited him with "putting the ‘ooh-aah’ into United’s title bid." The victory propelled the victors to the top of the table, a position the Reds would occupy in May to claim the club's first league championship in 26 years.

United probed early on with efforts from Lee Sharpe and Brian McClair, but it was Cantona who opened the scoring with a looping header from Denis Irwin's cross five minutes before half time. After the interval, Eric repaid the favour, turning provider for Irwin. The pair exchanged a delightful one-two, with the Frenchman arcing an artistically delicate ball over the Spurs backline and into the Irishman's path. Denis did the rest. 2-0.

Moments later McClair scored with a thumping strike from outside the box before his more subtle touch set up Paul Parker for United's fourth goal of the afternoon - and the third of a relentless six-minute spell.

This would have been the Reds' biggest margin of victory over Spurs in the Premier League era, had it not been for a late consolation header from Nick Barmby - father of current United Under-18s player Jack Barmby.

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