1990 FA Cup – Ferguson’s first trophy

David Moyes isn’t the only Manchester United manager to have struggled at the start of his Old Trafford career.

Sir Alex Ferguson was also under fire throughout his first three years in the Red Devils dugout, as the Scot longingly awaited his first trophy as United manager.

The club’s hierarchy have never admitted Fergie’s job was on the line, but the British press declared prior to United’s 3rd round FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest in early 1990 that defeat would result in the managerial axe taking an almighty wield at the retired gaffer’s proverbial neck.

Ferguson found a saviour in 20 year-old youth product Mark Robins, who recorded the only goal in the City Ground clash.

Four months later, Fergie’s United side went on to lift the FA Cup at Wembley. It was the first piece of silverware of the Ferguson era at Old Trafford, setting the benchmark for the many years of unprecedented success to come.


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