08/05/2013 11:13, Report by Gemma Thompson
SAF's titles: part one
In part one of our gallery feature, we recall United’s – and Sir Alex’s – first six league triumphs, from 1993 to 2000…
Having missed out on the title a year earlier, the surprise arrival of a certain Frenchman helped the Reds end a 26-year wait for championship glory. Top gun
: Mark Hughes, 15 league goals Turning point
: 10 April 1993. One of the most memorable days at Old Trafford ever as Steve Bruce’s injury-time double edged the Reds ever closer to a first title triumph under Sir Alex, whose memorable on-pitch celebration with Brian Kidd will live long in the memory. Party time
: 2 May 1993. Sir Alex was on the golf course when the Reds were officially confirmed as inaugural FA Premier League champions following Oldham’s 1-0 win over United’s closest challengers Aston Villa at Villa Park. Cue the famous player party at Steve Bruce’s gaff. Sir Alex said
: “The players knew they were the best and for the most part of the season they demonstrated it where it mattered, on the pitch.”
Glory story: In the season the club mourned Sir Matt Busby’s passing, United not only retained their Championship crown but went one better by completing the domestic double.
Top gun: Eric Cantona, 18 league goals
Turning point: 23 April 1994. Returning from a five-match ban, Cantona made his mark for all the right reasons as he fired the Reds to a crucial derby victory over City with a calmly taken first half brace.
Party time: 1 May 1994. United’s victory at Ipswich coupled with Blackburn’s defeat to Coventry over the same weekend ensured back-to-back titles for the Reds.
Sir Alex said: “Winning the double was a fitting tribute to Sir Matt. We did it by playing the game in a way of which he would have wholeheartedly approved.”