On 15th May 1991, Manchester United and Barcelona contested the European Cup Winners Cup final at Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam. This was a final with history attached to it because it came at the end of the first season of the reintroduction of English clubs into European competition after the ban following the Heysel disaster. United won the game 2-1, with both goals coming from Mark Hughes. The victory was one of the first of many, which would see United embark on a hugely successful period in that decade.
So, just where are the 11 men who represented the club that night now? Let’s find out:
Les Sealey– Sadly the goalkeeper died of a heart attack, in 2001, at the age of 43. He was known as a down-to-earth person from the East End. His last involvements in football were coaching West Ham’s goalkeepers.
Denis Irwin– Irwin has kept his links with the club, because since 2004 he has been a regular pundit at the club’s in-house TV station, MUTV. Also hosts “The Big Match with Denis Irwin” for the same station.
Steve Bruce– One of the club’s many ex-players who currently finds himself in the management game. At present is manager of Sunderland, and has experienced taking charge of the likes of Wigan and Sheffield United, since quitting playing in November 1998.
Gary Pallister– Another former player who is giving his thoughts on defending via the television route. When one of his former clubs, Middlesbrough, were involved in the UEFA Cup, Pallister was a regular pundit on channel 5.
Clayton Blackmore– At the age of 45, he is still playing competitively for hometown club, Neath Athletic, in the Welsh Premier Division. Also has appeared on MUTV and Channel M.
Mike Phelan– Is currently assistant manager at Manchester United, having replaced Carlos Queiroz. Probably more famous for giving post-match interviews to the BBC on Match of the Day, as manager Sir Alex Ferguson refuses to do so.
Paul Ince– The self proclaimed “guv’nor” is in his second stint of managing Milton Keynes Dons, after re-signing for the club on a two-year deal in July 2009.
Bryan Robson– The former legend is a manager, but somewhere far from home. He is in charge of the Thailand national team, where he is contracted with them until the 2014 World Cup. He is an ambassador for United, working alongside Sir Bobby Charlton to help United promote its commercial and charitable aims.
Lee Sharpe– Since retiring in 2003, Sharpe has also entered the broadcasting world. However, not where you would expect it. Instead of donning the suit on the sofas at the BBC or Sky, he has appeared on reality TV shows such as Celebrity Love Island. Now an after dinner speaker for Manchester United.
Brian McClair– “Choccy”, as he is known, enjoyed an eventful career at Old Trafford and is now United’s youth academy director.
Mark Hughes– “Sparky” is currently job hunting. After managing clubs such as Blackburn, and internationally Wales, he was the boss of Manchester City up until December 2009 when he was sacked.