Wednesday 07 August 2013

On this day in 1992: Dublin goes to Old Trafford

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the Cambridge United striker signing for Man Utd

  • Dublin celebrates the 1992/93 Premier League title with Lee Sharpe

  • Dublin was only able to play 12 Premier League matches for United

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 7 August 1992: Dion Dublin signs for Manchester United

Ahead of the inaugural season of the Barclays Premier League, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson went down to the English lower divisions to bolster his strikeforce in search of a first league title in 26 years.

Dion Dublin had been converted from a defender to a forward at Cambridge United and after helping the club almost claim a place in the new top division, Ferguson bought the 23-year-old.  

"It is pretty scary, I won't deny that," Dublin told MUTV, reflecting on his arrival at Old Trafford. "It took me about three or four months to realise that I had moved from Cambridge United to Manchester United, who were the biggest club in the world.

"Sir Alex was the person who wanted me to sign. He had never seen me play live at all. John Beck sent him a video, he looked at it and said, 'He scores with his left foot, his right foot, let's have him.' He decided to have a go and that belief in me shone through after two or three training sessions.

"I started to relax and the more relaxed I became, the more my game came out and I started to get more results on the field of play. Players like Paul Ince, Gary Pallister, Paul Parker and Sparky [Mark Hughes] were really kind to me and got me involved. They brought me into their life, which was amazing."

After scoring the only goal to beat Southampton early in the season, Dublin broke his leg against Crystal Palace on 2 September and was ruled out for six months. During that time Ferguson brought in Eric Cantona to compensate for Dublin's absence and the Frenchman's success in helping United to the title restricted Dublin to only seven Barclays Premier League appearances in 1992/93 and five the next season.

With first-team chances restricted, Dublin moved to Coventry City in September 1994 after a total of two goals in 12 matches at Old Trafford.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com 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 Dion Dublin signing for Man Utd ahead of the inaugural Barclays Premier League season