girls’ autographs. Another pitch invader almost threatened the game’s cancellation entirely, but by then Law had already bagged all three United goals.
Fenerbahce 0 United 2
16 October 1996
A European game played in Asia? That’s right. Nestled on the eastern side of the Bosphorous River in Istanbul, the Fenerbahce Stadium (later renamed in honour of former Turkish president Sukru Saracoglu) played host to United in the 1996/97 group stage. Quickfire goals from David Beckham and Eric Cantona at the start of the second half sealed a first European away win for almost three years... albeit on an entirely different continent.
Zalaegerszeg 1 United 0
14 August 2002
These Hungarian minnows proved more than just a mouthful for United. Only ever crowned national champions once, Zalaegerszeg’s mere presence in the Champions League was a huge achievement; to be drawn against United in the third qualifying round and subsequently beat the Reds 1-0 with a 90th-minute strike in Budapest (the match was moved to the larger Ferenc Puskas Stadium) was the stuff of dreams. Embarrassed in the first leg, Sir Alex’s side were hungry for revenge in the second and ran out comfortable 5-0 winners to advance to the competition proper. Phew.