Wednesday 01 May 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
The league leaders, who won the inaugural Premier League the season before, were two points ahead of Blackburn Rovers with a game in hand before the match, and they secured the all-important win they needed to pile pressure on their title rivals.
Blackburn lost 2-1 to Coventry City on the following day to confirm that the Premier League trophy would be staying in Manchester for another year.
Man United had been top of the league since beating Aston Villa on 23 August 1993, largely thanks to an incredible 22-match unbeaten run stretching from September to the start of March. Blackburn beat the Red Devils at Old Trafford to close in on the pace-setters, but Sir Alex Ferguson’s side didn’t relinquish their grip on the title as they won four of their last five matches to win the league.
Against Ipswich at Portman Road, United were stunned in the 20th minute when Chris Kiwomya gave the hosts the lead. In front of over 22,000 spectators in Norfolk, the visitors were dealt a further blow before the half-hour mark as Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel was forced off by injury, with Gary Walsh coming on in his place.
But the champions were not to be denied a crucial victory as Eric Cantona, who scored 15 goals in the 1993/94 campaign, levelled the match. Shortly after the interval, 20-year-old Ryan Giggs gave United the lead and they held on to move five points clear of their title rivals.
Ferguson's charges enjoyed more success against Ipswich in the following campaign, when Andy Cole scored five times as they won 9-0 against them at Old Trafford – the biggest victory in the Premier League to date. That emphatic victory was not enough, however, to help them win a third consecutive league title as Blackburn came out on top in a thrilling climax to the 1994/95 season.