Where are they now? Chelsea 0-4 Manchester United (1994 FA Cup Final)

On Monday evening, Manchester United return to Stamford Bridge in what is sure to be yet another tantalising fixture between the two clubs. Of course, games between the pair have even more at stake this season, with Jose Mourinho returning to the ground where he achieved so much success during two separate spells as Chelsea manager.

Games between Chelsea and Man United in general, though, are often giant spectacles – as displayed when the sides last met earlier in the season. Whilst both clubs were billed fairly evenly, it was Chelsea who ran away 4-0 winners that day – with Mourinho falling to the man that succeeded him at Stamford Bridge.

It wasn’t the first time that the two clubs fought off in a one-sided affair, though, with the Red Devils matching the Blues with an impressive 4-0 victory back in 1994. That game had far more riding on it too, with the win sealing a famous FA Cup and Premier League double.

Of course, Man United could really do with a few of their cup final heroes on Monday evening, with Chelsea firmly entrenched as favourites in the buildup to the game.

A number of the players that won for Man Utd on that day remain in modern day football, with the likes of Ryan Giggs and Mark Hughes trying their hand at management, whilst the likes of Roy Keane and Peter Schmeichel are regulars on our screens as pundits.

But what of the players that have remained firmly out of the view of modern day football fans? With some working abroad and others having dipped out of football completely, let’s take a more detailed look at a few of Man United’s forgotten heroes…

Paul Parker

Paul Parker played at right-back on the day, putting in a decent performance to halt the advances of Frank Sinclair and Dennis Wise in front of him.

He continued to play for Man Utd until 1996, before spending the next year at a number of clubs with limited success.

The defender eventually retired in 1997, before embarking on a coaching career. He found his first job post-football as manager of Chelmsford City, whilst he also had a stint with Welling United thereafter.

Today, he is far more involved in commercial duties than he is with coaching – with regular roles in both digital and print media. He has worked with the likes of Setanta Sports, whilst he now provides regular comment for newspapers in England.

Denis Irwin

Denis Irwin retired a decade after the FA Cup final success, and has since been focused on media duties – yet to make a single move into training and coaching.

He is a regular on Manchester United’s in-house television channel, MUTV, where he serves as a presenter. He remains heavily involved with the club.

The defender has also featured in the media, providing comment for English publications.

Gary Pallister

Playing alongside Irwin in the defence was Gary Pallister, who has also been a recurring feature on our screens since retiring in 2001.

He works with both BBC and ITV, whilst – like Irwin – he has also worked with MUTV.

Though he has yet to get involved with coaching at a professional level, he has, along with several other individuals, helped to set up the ‘Reds’ Football Academy’.

Andrei Kanchelskis

Andrei Kanchelskis’ career has taken a very different route to the players listed above, having become involved in management abroad.

He, of course, famously played for Manchester City before retiring in 2006 – with much of his work since that point taking place in mainland Europe.

He has served as the General Director of FC Nosta Novotroitsk and manager of FC Torpedo-ZIL Moscow in addition to a number of other managerial roles – with his latest position coming in 2016 with FC Solyaris.


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