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 again at Stamford Bridge three days later. This time the net bulged twice for Dwight Yorke, who netted his 25th and 26th goals of the season. His first came after just four minutes as the striker capitalised on panic in the Blues’ box. The Reds then soaked up Chelsea pressure, threatening almost exclusively on the counter-attack. The strategy workd and Yorke’s second arrived on the hour to set up a semi-final tie against Arsenal that would prove unforgettable.
Fulham 1 United 2 - Third round, 7 January 2001
Back in the FA Cup after missing the previous year’s competition due to Club World Cup commitments, the Reds’ quest for silverware began with a trip to Craven Cottage to face a Fulham side who would go on to win promotion to the