Sir Alex once said: “Hughes was the best big game player I have known,”, never more so than in the 1994 FA Cup semi-final against Oldham when his injury time volley saved United from a shock Wembley defeat. The Reds beat Oldham in the replay and went on to trounce Chelsea 4-0 in the final – Hughes scoring the third to land the club’s first ever Double.
In January 1995 Hughes signed for boyhood favourites Chelsea, but that was by no means the end of his glory days. He won a fourth FA Cup winners medal and a second European Cup Winners Cup gong with the Blues, and extended his playing career with Southampton, Everton and later Blackburn, where he picked up the last medal of his playing career - another League Cup - before hanging up his boots at the age of 38.
It was while at Southampton that Hughes launched his managerial career, managing the Welsh national team on a part-time basis.
He masterminded a famous win over Italy and almost took Wales to Euro 2004, before returning to Ewood Park to take up a role as full-time manager of Blackburn. On 2 June 2008, he took over the reigns at Manchester City.