Remembering when Manchester United beat Crystal Palace in their “Sheffield Wednesday strip”

This 1995 Manchester United shirt was described by Barry Davies as Utd’s ‘Sheffield Wednesday strip’. It didn’t get too many run outs in the 1994-95 season but it did manage to take centre stage at Wembley.

Cup holders Utd were looking for a degree of revenge against Palace after Eric Cantona had spinning-bird-kicked his way into an-eight month suspension at Selhurst Park.

They started their revenge in the FA Cup, donning their special revenge blue-and-white number for the semi-final. Eagle-eyed viewers can spot Andy Cole watching the match whilst wearing his own ‘elegant chauffeur strip’

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Chasing the Premiership at the same time as this match, Utd could have done without an extra game. Yet that was what they managed to achieve after an energy sapping 90 minutes of normal time and a further energy destroying 30 minutes of extra time.

Goals came from Iain Dowie (one-yard nodder), Denis Irwin (free kick thunderbolt), Chris Armstrong (backspin sidestep lob) and a particularly unattractive late equaliser for Utd after Gary Neville managed to throw the ball into the net and hit Gary Pallister’s head on the way.

1994 Cantona Manchester United

Utd won the replay, although had to do it without Roy Keane for most of the second half. He had got himself sent off for stamping on Gareth Southgate – ‘Our game has had enough of your dirty Red Devils, Fergie,’ said the Daily Star. They missed the most impressive part which was that Keane managed the stamp despite having just had seven stitches put into his ankle after a tackle from Darren Pitcher.

Not that any of it mattered for much. A depleted Utd lost the final to Everton, blew the league, and non-scoring Palace went down on the last day of the season. 

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