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The 1990 FA Cup Final was a football match contested by Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker. The match finished 3–3 after extra time. Bryan Robson and Mark Hughes (2) scored for United; Gary O'Reilly and Ian Wright (2) for Palace. Ian Wright had only recently returned from a broken leg that kept him out of the semi-final.

In the replay, United won 1-0 with a goal from Lee Martin - only the second goal he would score for the club. It saw them match Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur's record of seven FA Cup triumphs. Crystal Palace, in contrast, had never played in either an FA Cup or Football League Cup final before.

The month before the final, UEFA had announced that the ban on English clubs in European competitions would be lifted for the 1990-91 season, provided that England fans behaved well at that summer's World Cup. England fans duly behaved well at the tournament, and this gave the green light to United to compete in the 1990-91 European Cup Winners' Cup, which they ultimately won.

The first game

The first game on the Saturday was an open attacking affair. Both teams had been involved in dramatic high-scoring semi-finals and the final started the same way. On 17 minutes, Crystal Palace took the lead when Gary O'Reilly headed in from a free-kick, via Gary Pallister's head, despite the attempt of Jim Leighton to save the ball on the line. Manchester United hit back on 35 minutes. Brian McClair made a run down the right wing and floated a cross to the back post, where captain Bryan Robson was waiting to head goalwards. His header flicked off John Pemberton's shin and evaded Palace goalkeeper Nigel Martyn. It was 1-1 at half-time.

In the second half, United went ahead for the first time in the game, when a cross shot from Neil Webb found its way to Mark Hughes who fired low into the corner. Palace manager, Steve Coppell made a game-changing substitution when he brought on Ian Wright, who had an immediate impact when he went on a mazy run past two United defenders and slotted a calm shot past Leighton. 2-2. Extra time loomed but not before Mike Phelan saw his clever chip hit the crossbar.

Extra time was needed for the second final in a row, and it was Palace who scored first, when John Salako floated a cross to the back post. Leighton hesitated for a second, which allowed Wright to volley home for his second goal of the game. 3-2 to Crystal Palace. However, the scoring was not over, and in the second period of extra time, Wallace provided the through ball for Hughes to chase, and he calmly angled the ball past the onrushing Martyn to make it 3-3.

The replay

The main story of the replay was that Alex Ferguson decided to replace Jim Leighton in goal, with Les Sealey. Leighton never played for Manchester United again. Sealey made three important saves to keep Palace at bay, in a tough-tackling match.

The match itself was not as eventful as the first game, finishing 1-0. United won by through single goal scored by defender Lee Martin. He chested down a Neil Webb pass and fired high into the net, past Martyn in goal. Bryan Robson held aloft the Cup for the third time as captain.

It was Manchester United's first major trophy under the management of Alex Ferguson.

Cup final song

Manchester United's squad recorded "We Will Stand Together" for their appearance, whilst the Palace team recorded a version of the club's anthem "Glad All Over".

Match details



CRYSTAL PALACE:
GK 1 Nigel Martyn
RB 2 John Pemberton
LB 3 Richard Shaw
CM 4 Andy Gray
CB 5 Gary O'Reilly
CB 6 Andy Thorn
RM 7 Phil Barber
CM 8 Geoff Thomas (c)
CF 9 Mark Bright
LM 10 John Salako
CM 11 Alan Pardew
Substitutes:
FW 12 Ian Wright
DF 14 David Madden
Manager:
Steve Coppell
MANCHESTER UNITED:
GK 1 Jim Leighton
CM 2 Paul Ince
LB 3 Lee Martin
CB 4 Steve Bruce
RB 5 Mike Phelan
CB 6 Gary Pallister
CM 7 Bryan Robson (c)
RM 8 Neil Webb
CF 9 Brian McClair
CF 10 Mark Hughes
LM 11 Danny Wallace
Substitutes:
DF 12 Clayton Blackmore
FW 14 Mark Robins
Manager:
Alex Ferguson
MATCH RULES
  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • Two named substitutes.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.


Replay



CRYSTAL PALACE:
GK 1 Nigel Martyn
RB 2 John Pemberton
LB 3 Richard Shaw
CM 4 Andy Gray
CB 5 Gary O'Reilly
CB 6 Andy Thorn
RM 7 Phil Barber
CM 8 Geoff Thomas (c)
CF 9 Mark Bright
LM 10 John Salako
CM 11 Alan Pardew
Substitutes:
FW 12 Ian Wright
DF 14 David Madden
Manager:
Steve Coppell
MANCHESTER UNITED:
GK 1 Les Sealey
CM 2 Paul Ince
LB 3 Lee Martin
CB 4 Steve Bruce
RB 5 Mike Phelan
CB 6 Gary Pallister
CM 7 Bryan Robson (c)
RM 8 Neil Webb
CF 9 Brian McClair
CF 10 Mark Hughes
LM 11 Danny Wallace
Substitutes:
DF 12 Clayton Blackmore
FW 14 Mark Robins
Manager:
Alex Ferguson
MATCH RULES
  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Two named substitutes.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.


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