1992 - 2 May; United beat Spurs 3-1 in the final league game in front of the Stretford End terrace
1993 - New £12m West Stand, at the Stretford End, is completed
1993 - United bring the league championship trophy to OT for the first time in 26 years
1994 - Plans announced for a new three-tier North Stand
1996 - New North Stand takes capacity to over 56,000
1996 - OT hosts five European Championship matches
1996 - Sir Matt Busby statue installed
1998 - Pele opens new museum in the North Stand
2000 - Second tiers on the East and West Stands increase capacity to circa 67,500
moved in. That summer a stream of nostalgic fans dropped into Old Trafford to pick up a brick or fragment of rubble as a keepsake. They were greeted by the spectacle of two giant cranes towering above an empty space where the headquarters of the Red and White Army used to be.
The eerie atmosphere in the ground continued during the 1992/93 season as construction work dictated a much-reduced capacity, though each section of the new West Stand was opened as soon as possible. By midwinter fans were installed at ground level, albeit exposed to the elements and kitted out in plastic macs (provided by the club) when the heavens opened.
The new Stretford End – which involved extending the cantilever roof around the whole stadium – cost a reported £12million. As if that were not enough, the club also invested in a press conference centre under the main stand and a much-needed new public-address system. On the pitch events progressed even more satisfactorily as the Reds, inspired by new signing Eric Cantona, lifted the league championship trophy for the first time in 26 years. By the start of the following campaign, Old