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18/05/2014 12:01, Report by Adam Marshall
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Team of '94: Sharpe

Our feature series reflecting on Manchester United's first Double-winning squad of 1994 shifts to Lee Sharpe...

Overall contribution The left winger was a major influence in the first half of the campaign and featured in 30 Premier League games in all. The threat for his place from Ryan Giggs was obvious but he was able to operate on the right as well, even if Andrei Kanchelskis was another in-form competitor for a place. The fourth-highest scorer in the league for the Reds, he provided a cutting edge and remained a real crowd pleaser who clearly enjoyed his football.

Best performance The Brummie returned to the Midlands to sink Aston Villa, his boyhood team, with a superb double at the end of August. It was his first start of the league campaign and a debut outing in the division for the new, soon to be iconic all-black strip.  

Key moment Eric Cantona's second red card in four days may have hogged the headlines but Sharpe sent out an important message on his first start of 1994 in late March. His second goal of the evening, after Giggs helped on a Cantona cross, may only have been enough to secure a draw in the end but he had made his point perfectly after being sidelined with a hernia problem.

What he said "When I look around at United and Brian McClair and Bryan Robson are sitting there not playing too, it made me realise what a squad we have. I started to wonder where I might fit in but I scored three times for the Reserves recently and was told to just get my fitness level right."

What others said "He's full of himself at the moment, the boy's improving all the time. He's not a Ryan Giggs but he's becoming a top player through his improved passing." Alex Ferguson.

Just the stats The nine league strikes from only 26 starts was a remarkable return and he managed another couple of goals in the Coca-Cola Cup. By appearing in 41 games in total, he is unlucky not to be considered in the XI most United fans religiously recall from the season due to the outstanding performances of Giggs and Kanchelskis.

Trivia The England wide man signed a new five-year contract with the club in September 1994, around the same time that

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