Goal of the Day: Kanchelskis’s ton-up

Monday 18 November 2019 12:26

Date: 20 November 1993, Premier League
Background: Having won the 1992/93 title – scooping the first of the Premier League era and bucking a sizeable monkey off the United back by claiming a first title since 1967 – Ferguson’s Reds set about the 1993/94 campaign like they weren’t going to let anyone even sniff the trophy’s polish. By the time of this encounter with the ‘Crazy Gang’ – Vinnie Jones, John Fashanu et al – United had built an 11-point lead at the summit.
The goal: United were made to wait until the second half to go ahead through Gary Pallister’s header, only to see Fashanu nod an equaliser on 63 minutes. Mark Hughes quickly put the Reds back in front with a trademark acrobatic strike, though, leaving the stage clear for Andrei Kanchelskis, United’s jet-heeled winger and the era’s undisputed king of the right wing. Found by Eric Cantona down the right, Kanchelskis turned on the burners and tore past his marker, cut into the box and finished left footed. Breathtaking stuff – and United’s 100th Premier League goal.

What happened next: United stretched our lead to 16 points at one stage, and ended up winning the title by eight points – with an FA Cup, and the club’s first Double, to follow.

Reaction: “If anything, the third goal was even more majestic. Cantona, again, was the catalyst. He released Kanchelskis, whose running power left Wimbledno drained. The Ukrainian Express then showed armament - a machine gun of a left foot." James Cordon, The Sunday Independent.