Walthamstow Avenue 2 United 5 - Fourth round replay, 5 February 1953
Non-league Walthamstow Avenue had garnered a brave 1-1 draw at Old Trafford five days earlier, thanks to a second-half equaliser by thermos flask salesman Jim Lewis. The replay at Highbury attracted 49,119 fans but there was no fairytale ending for the East London side. United stormed into a four-goal lead after 30 minutes before Lewis completed a personal hat-trick of sorts by scoring from the spot just before half-time and then from open play on the hour mark. But the Reds’ flying start meant Walthamstow’s task remained too great and Jack Rowley crowned the win on 85 minutes.
Wimbledon 0 United 3 - Fifth round, 20 February 1994
This United side was renowned for its attacking flair and at Selhurst Park the Reds, wearing the now iconic green and gold kit, tore Wimbledon apart. Eric Cantona opened the scoring with a sublime volley, sent crashing into the top corner after he’d deftly controlled a clearing header. Paul Ince, Ryan Giggs and Mark Hughes then drew smart saves from goalkeeper Hans Segers before Ince headed home a Giggs corner and Denis Irwin skipped around two defenders and slammed the ball into the far corner. Although the game finished 3-0 it could have been so many more.
Chelsea 3 United 5 - Third round, 4 January 1998
Stand up, David Beckham. A brilliant first-half performance by Becks, including a boo-silencing opener and one of his trademark free-kicks, helped United to a healthy 3-0 lead at the break. Andy Cole also netted a brace – one either side of half-time – and Teddy Sheringham headed in on 75 minutes to nudge the scoreline towards embarrassing proportions. But with the game won, the Reds lost concentration and conceded three late goals to give the travelling Reds the fright of their lives. Ultimately, though, Chelsea’s rally was too little, too late.
Chelsea 0 United 2 - Sixth round replay, 10 March 1999
Following as entertaining a goalless draw as you’re likely to see (both teams missed chances and Paul Scholes and Roberto Di Matteo were given marching orders), United and Chelsea met