THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

31 October ~ Crystal Palace go into their match against Manchester United today hoping to regain a bit of momentum after losing two games in a row. Louis van Gaal’s team, meanwhile, will want to bounce back from their midweek League Cup defeat to Middlesbrough on penalties.

In 1990 the two teams met in what turned out to be one of the classic FA Cup finals. Both had struggled in the league that season and actually finished on the same points, with United 13th and Palace 15th. The latter’s team that day would be the last all-English FA Cup final squad to date and they went ahead through Gary O’Reilly, before Bryan Robson and then Mark Hughes but Alex Ferguson’s team in the lead. Ian Wright, having come back from a broken leg, then took the game to extra time. Wright scored again two minutes in to the first period, but they were pegged back by Hughes’ second and it went to a replay which United won 1-0 – Lee Martin with the only goal.

The win meant Manchester United qualified for Europe the following season, where they triumphed in the Cup-Winners Cup. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, are still yet to win a major trophy, though they did finish third in the League the following season, three places above Manchester United.

1990 FA Cup final

1990 FA Cup final replay

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