1991-92: United win the League Cup and Super Cup for the first time
1991-92: The Reds stutter in the title race and lose out to Leeds
1992-93: Eric Cantona makes a shock move from Leeds to Old Trafford
1992-93: The 26-year wait comes to an end as United win the Premier League
1993-94: Roy Keane makes an English record £3.75m move from Forest
1993-94: The title is retained by an eight-point margin
1993-94: The Double is secured with a 4-0 FA Cup trouncing of Chelsea
1994-95: Cantona is suspended for nine months after an incident with a fan
1994-95: Agony in May as United are pipped to the League and FA Cup
1995-96: Sir Alex entrusts youth and sells Ince, Kanchelskis and Hughes
1995-96: A win at Middlesbrough brings the Premier League trophy back
1995-96: Cantona's late volley vs. Liverpool clinches a second Double
Maybe Sir Alex was starting to believe talk of a 'curse' at Old Trafford after coming heartbreakingly close to ending a 25-year wait for the league title in 1992.
The championship had never seemed so close and yet so far away as United wilted in the run-in and Leeds came out on top, despite losing in both cup competitions to the Reds after the League Cup and FA Cup draws, on the same day, set up two fixtures at Elland Road. After winning the League Cup and Super Cup for the first time, with Brian McClair scoring both winners, a fixture pile-up contributed to the team's downfall and the excrutiating defeat at Anfield provided the final nail in the coffin.
The boss prophetically said: "We've got the biggest and the best team in the game. If we all stick together, there is no limit to what we can achieve." He was also safe in the knowledge that the Class of '92 lifted the FA Youth Cup and would go on to supply a wealth of first-team options.
The inaugural Premier League season followed. Conceding the opening goal of the new era, to Brian Deane of Sheffield United, was an inauspicious