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Tuesday 17 December 2013

On this day in 1994: Forest end Man Utd’s 100% home record

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall when Nottingham Forest upset the champions

  • Stan Collymore scored as Forest ended Man Utd's home record with an impressive win

  • Collymore's strike was his eighth of the Barclays Premier League season

  • Nottingham Forest keeper Mark Crossley thwarted the hosts as they secured the win rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

17 December 1994 - Manchester United 1-2 Nottingham Forest

Stan Collymore and Stuart Pearce were on target as Nottingham Forest ended Manchester United’s 100% home record in the Barclays Premier League.

Reigning champions Man Utd had won all nine of their home League matches up to this stage, but they were stunned as Forest captured the three points to end also United’s unbeaten nine-game Premier League run.

Collymore put Forest ahead in the 35th minute with his eighth goal of the season. Thevisiting side doubled their lead in the 62nd minute when England left-back Stuart Pearce notched his fifth goal of the campaign.

Eric Cantona set up a grandstand finish when he pulled one back in the 68th minute with his ninth goal of the season. United manager Alex Ferguson tried to change things by replacing Ryan Giggs with Nicky Butt in the 74th minute – but the Red Devils failed to find the equaliser and Forest held out to record their fifth away win of the season.

It was the visitors’ second consecutive win following a run of six matches without a victory.

At the end of the season, Man Utd just failed to retain their title as they finished a point behind new champions Blackburn Rovers in second. Forest finished third, 11 points behind Ferguson’s side, in their best Barclays Premier League campaign.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Nottingham Forest ended Manchester United's perfect home record