Our focus on the players in Manchester United's first Double-winning squad of 1994 continues, as we assess powerful striker Mark Hughes...
Overall contribution Back at Old Trafford after spells with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, the Welsh warrior delivered strength, nous and a penchant for the spectacular. A key component of the 1993/94 side, his influence was immense as he took the battle to opposing defences. Alex Ferguson said it was the "best-ever season that Mark has had at the club" which, considering he had previously won two PFA Player of the Year awards, was a glowing tribute. "His football and linking play has been better than ever and long may it continue," enthused the manager. Hughes' partnership with Eric Cantona always guaranteed fireworks in more ways than one.
Best performance The Double might have become a domestic Treble after Hughes' display in the Coca-Cola Cup semi-final second leg at Hillsborough. Sheffield Wednesday were steamrollered with Hughes, in the absence of Cantona, taking centre stage. The striker scored twice in a 4-1 thumping and gave Des Walker and Andy Pearce a torrid time throughout as the Reds won 5-1 on aggregate. Unfortunately, United couldn't follow that up in the final, losing 3-1 to Aston Villa (Hughes scoring again).
Key moment The pivotal intervention of the entire campaign came as the clock ticked down at Wembley with United facing shock FA Cup semi-final defeat to Oldham Athletic. Nicky Butt flicked the ball into the air and Hughes produced a volley so startling that it warranted a special two-page poster pull-out in one of the following day's newspapers. "It was a stroke of genius," admitted Latics chief Joe Royle. ''If it had been anyone else the ball would have ended up in the stands."
What he said "Eric can get all the limelight he wants as long as we’re winning! I admit my party piece used to be waiting for full backs to kick the ball and shoulder