Wembley – Saturday 12th May
Manchester United 3 (Robson, Hughes 2) Crystal Palace 3 (O’Reilly, Wright 2)
Manchester United : Leighton, Ince, Martin (Blackmore), Bruce Phelan , Pallister (Robins), Robson, Webb, McClair, Hughes, Wallace
Crystal Palace : Martyn, Pemberton, Shaw, Gray (Madden), O’Reilly, Thorn, Barber (Wright), Thomas, Bright, Salako, Pardew
This was the first ever time Crystal Palace reached a cup final, and their team comprised solely of English players, the last time this occurred. With Wembley now all-seater stadium this was the first FA Cup Final where all the spectators were seated. Crystal Palace opened the scoring after 17 minutes in this goal-feast final when Gary O’Reily headed the ball in from a free kick. Manchester United equalised also with the aid of the head of Bryan Robson. There were no more goals until the 62nd minute of the second half, when Mark Hughes hit a low drive into the Palace goal, Ian Wright who had just recently returned from a broken leg came on as a Palace substitute in the 69th minute and 3 minutes later he passed two United defenders then popped the ball into the net to make it 2-2, which was the 90 minute scoreline so extra tome was called upon, and it was Ian Wright that put Crystal Palace ahead with just two minutes of extra time played, but in the second period Mark Hughes got his second of the game to put the game into a replay for the second consecutive year.
Replay – Wembley – Thursday 17th May
Manchester United 1 (Martin) Crystal Palace 0
Manchester United : Sealey, Ince, Martin, Bruce, Phelan, Pallister, Robson, Webb, McClair, Hughes, Wallace
Crystal Palace : Martyn, Pemberton, Shaw, Gray, O’Reilly, Thorn, Barber (Wright), Thomas, Bright, Salako (Madden) , Pardew
One major change to the Manchester United team was that Jim Leighton was replaced in goal by Les Sealey, who was on loan from Luton Town, Manchester United had to extend his loan as it ended the previous weekend.
It was a different style of Crystal Palace that also turned up, they seemed intent on kicking Manchester United off the pitch, with quite a few bookings, which made the game a very scrappy type of match.
Manchester United started to dominate the play and though it was a goal less first half, it wasn’t long before the deadlock was broken when a Manchester United defender Lee Martin chested down the ball to fire high into the net, play was all Manchester United but the scoreline stayed at 1-0 to Manchester United.
This was Alex Ferguson first trophy as the Manchester United manager.
Action from the FA Cup Final replay.
Below are some memorabilia items from the 1990 FA Cup finals.