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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 May 2007, 10:17 GMT 11:17 UK
Where are they now?
(l-r) Andrei Kanchelskis, Eric Cantona, Dimitri Kharine and Mark Stein

By Owen Phillips and Jonathan Stevenson

Manchester United and Chelsea, the Premiership top two, go head-to-head on Saturday in a mouth-watering first FA Cup final at the new Wembley.

The only time the two sides have contested a Wembley final was the FA Cup final of 1994 which United ended up winning 4-0, thanks to two Eric Cantona penalties and goals from Mark Hughes and Brian McClair.

Not much has changed from the United perspective in the 13 years since then but Chelsea mid-90s were a very different proposition and there was no doubt United were overwhelming favourites.

Denis Irwin
What do you mean it was a foul? Eddie Newton dumps Denis Irwin on the Wembley turf and United go 1-0 up.

The Londoners had twice beaten Sir Alex Ferguson's side in the league - and on both occasions Gavin Peacock scored the winner.

But Chelsea's current success can be traced back to the 1993/94 season. There was a sense of optimism around Stamford Bridge, mainly due to the appointment of Glenn Hoddle as manager in the summer.

The Blues struggled in the league before Christmas but pulled away from the drop zone and went on a fine Cup run.

606: DEBATE

Sir Alex Ferguson's side had already clinched the Premiership in style and were determined to seal the double.

BBC Sport looks back at the line-ups from that final on 14 May 1994 and also speaks to BBC pundits Gary Pallister and Gavin Peacock, both of whom played that day.


Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson One of the management greats. Took over at Old Trafford in 1986 after eight years at Aberdeen and once he had overcome a tricky start to win the FA Cup in 1990, he never looked back. The trophies keep coming and this year's Premiership win was his ninth as manager. And he still has no plans to retire.


Peter Schmeichel Arguably the finest goalkeeper ever, the great Dane made 400 appearances for United before closing out his career with Sporting Lisbon, Aston Villa and Man City. Became a pundit after retiring and appeared on Strictly Come Dancing last year. Now hosts game show 1 vs 100 in Denmark.


Paul Parker After starting his career as a centre-back, Parker went on to win 19 caps for England at right-back. A succession of injuries and the emergence of Gary Neville saw his United career finish and he retired in 1997 after a brief spell at Chelsea. Managed Welling in 2004 and now works as a pundit.


Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce A United legend, Bruce left in 1996 after a succession of trophies and spent two years with Birmingham. Had managerial spells at Sheffield United, Huddersfield, Wigan and Crystal Palace before returning to Birmingham in 2001. Has twice got them promoted to the Premiership.


Gary Pallister (left) and Eric Cantona
Gary Pallister (left) enjoys the winning feeling with Eric Cantona
Gary Pallister Won 22 England caps in a distinguished career. Retired in 2001 after a second spell with boyhood team Middlesbrough and is now a BBC pundit.

Pallister told BBC Sport: "Going into the final we were hurt by the fact they had done the league double over us and we did not want to lose all three. Not many teams win at Old Trafford let alone do the double over us so they went into the game with no fear.

"Gavin got the winner in both games in the league and when I saw the ball leaving his boot in the first half I thought he'd done it again.

Wisey went up to Eric Cantona and bet him a hundred quid he would miss the penalty

Gary Pallister

"The first half was evenly contested but the first penalty was the turning point - and it was a stonewall penalty.

"Wisey, being Wisey, went up to Eric Cantona and bet him a hundred quid he would miss it but it didn't work. Fair play to Wisey though he paid up afterwards.

"That first goal gave us confidence but I have to admit the second penalty was a bit dubious.

"We were able to enjoy the occasion after that - it was a wet surface and the ball zipped around a bit which was good because the Wembley surface can be a bit too sticky.

"Although we went on to win comfortably and Brian McClair finished it off in style, it was never a 4-0 but you're happy to win whatever the score. It was great day and we had a good night too.

"I think this year will be very close. It's no secret that United are more expansive particularly as Chelsea have been without their best flair players in Arjen Robben and Joe Cole but this has all the ingredients for an absolute cracker.

"It's the two best teams in England, there's a lot of pride at stake and they are two teams desperate to put one over on each other. I hope it doesn't disappoint and that it lives up to the hype."


Denis Irwin Mr Reliable, Irwin clocked up 529 appearances for United and won seven Premiership titles, two FA Cups, the European Cup, the Cup Winners' Cup and the League Cup in a glittering career. Left in 2002 and spent two years at Wolves before returning to Old Trafford in 2004 to work as a presenter for MUTV.


Andrei Kanchelskis
Andrei Kanchelskis The speedy winger was a cult hero at the club and scored some memorable goals. Had a nomadic end to his career, playing for eight clubs - including Everton and Rangers - before going back to Russia. Now sporting director at FC Nosta Novotroitsk.


Roy Keane Was still playing second fiddle to Paul Ince at the time, but went on to become one of the club's greatest ever players. His single-minded determination to be the very best has now earned him promotion to the Premiership in his first season of management with Sunderland.


Paul Ince The Guv'nor was surprisingly sold in 1995 to Inter Milan, still at the top of his game. England's first black captain went on to play for Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Wolves and has just kept Macclesfield in League Two in his first job as a manager.


Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs Another who will go down in United - and football - folklore. The Welsh wizard has just had another scintillating season, which has bought a record ninth title. 716 games + 128 goals = genius. Tragic that he may never feature in a major international tournament for Wales.


Eric Cantona
Eric Cantona Retired right at the peak of his powers in 1997, having won four league titles in five years, including two Doubles. Quite simply the most outrageously talented footballer to grace the Premiership. Now lives in Paris, plays beach soccer and appears in adverts.


Mark Hughes
Mark Hughes 'Sparky' left United for Chelsea a year after the final, going on to become a cult hero at Stamford Bridge as well as at Old Trafford. Ended his career with spells at Southampton, Everton and Blackburn and after a successful five-year spell in charge of Wales, was appointed Blackburn boss in 2004.


Substitutes:
Brian McClair 'Choccy' ended his second spell at United in 1998 and after a brief stint with Motherwell, he got into coaching. Was assistant to Brian Kidd at Blackburn before returning to United to become a youth team coach. Enjoyed success as reserve team boss and is now the club's youth academy director.

Lee Sharpe After injuries, illness and Ryan Giggs limited his United chances, he joined Leeds who broke their club record to pay 4.5m for him in 1996. But he continued to be beset by injuries and retired in 2004 after bizarre spells at such places as Grindavik and Garforth. Now a full-time television star after appearing on Celebrity Love Island and Dancing on Ice.

Chelsea


Player/Manager - Glenn Hoddle Appointed as manager in the summer of 1993. Tried to come on as substitute when the score went to 2-0 but by the time he got his top off, Chelsea were 3-0 down. Left to manage England in 1996 before returning to club management. Quit Wolves in July and now working as a pundit.


Dimitri Kharine
Dimitri Kharine Can still lay claim to be the first Russian to be associated with Chelsea even if his impact has been somewhat surpassed by a certain Mr Abramovich. Injury wreaked havoc with the final years of his Chelsea career and he lost his place to Ed de Goey. Left for Celtic in 1999 but injury woes meant he only played 12 games. Now goalkeeping coach with Luton.


Steve Clarke
Steve Clarke Signed from St Mirren in 1987 and went on to play 421 games. Followed Ruud Gullit to Newcastle as assistant manager in 1998 but returned to Chelsea and is now assistant coach to Jose Mourinho. Probably glad he'll be plotting to keep Giggs quiet from the bench rather than on the pitch this time around.


Jakob Kjeldberg Danish international whose career was ended by a knee ligament injury after just 61 games. Represented his country at the 1992 Olympics and joined Chelsea from Silkeborg IF in 1993. Now works for Danish TV where he splits his time between football punditry and his role as the host of the Danish equivalent of the Castaway programme.


Erland Johnsen
Erland Johnsen Fiercely committed old-fashioned centre-half who joined from Bayern Munich for 306,000 in 1990. Returned to his native Norway after a seven-year spell at the Bridge. Played for Rosenborg and went into coaching. Was at Moss FC then Follo FC and is currently working with development of players at Premiership pacesetters Lillestrom SK.


Frank Sinclair Committed and frighteningly quick. A youth-team product who was voted the club's player of the year in 1993. Although a centre-half, he forged a career as full-back under Hoddle and Ruud Gullit and scored in the 1998 League Cup final against Middlesbrough. Last week the 35-year-old signed a new one-year deal with Huddersfield.


Craig Burley
Craig Burley Youth-team product and nephew of Southampton boss George Burley. He went on play and score for Scotland in the 1998 World Cup finals and had a rewarding and trophy-rich spell with Celtic before returning to England with Derby. Finished his playing career with Walsall in 2004. Another who is now plying his trade as a pundit. Whatever happened to owning a pub?


Dennis Wise Idolised at Stamford Bridge where his name is still regularly sung. Lifted a host of medals after joining from Wimbledon in 1991. Fell out with Claudio Ranieri and left for Leicester before moving into management. Led Millwall to 2004 FA Cup final against United and was relegated with Leeds, whom he joined last year after a short spell as Swindon boss.


Eddie Newton
Eddie Newton Another youth team product and best friend of Sinclair. Started out as a winger but went on to excel as a holding midfielder. Unfortunately set United on their way to victory here, bringing down Denis Irwin for the first penalty but returned to Wembley for the 1997 FA Cup final and scored the clinching second goal in the 2-0 win over Middlesbrough. Now working as a youth team coach at Stamford Bridge.


Gavin Peacock
Peacock joined Chelsea from Newcastle
Gavin Peacock One of Glenn Hoddle's first signings, Peacock played a big part in Hoddle's Chelsea revolution, adding goals and quality to the midfield. Signed for QPR (his first club) in 1986 and retired in 2002. Now a regular BBC pundit.

He told BBC Sport: "We went into the game knowing they were a better team than us but we had beaten them twice in the league that season and knew we could hold onto a lead against them so were feeling pretty confident.

"In the last game of the season, Mark Stein had come back after injury and scored twice against Sheffield United to send them down and he started the final. Tony Cascarino had been playing and was match-fit but Glenn decided to go with Mark up front when maybe he should have gone with Tony.

Hoddle was like Mozart in a world of heavy rockers

Eric Cantona

"The wins in the league gave us confidence we could do it again and the game plan was to use the pace we had in the full-back positions with Clarke and Sinclair to keep Giggs and Kanchelskis quiet - that was the key. If we could stay disciplined in midfield and I could pick my moments to make my runs going forward we would be OK.

"I played up front in the first game at Stamford Bridge and scored in a 1-0 win. Hoddle played in that and after the game Eric Cantona said "Hoddle was like Mozart in a world of heavy rockers". But Cantona was the best player I ever played against. He had presence, class and was a real entertainer.

"In the second game Mark Stein played up front and he set up my winner and we played some good stuff in the first half of the final.

"I hit the bar when the score was 0-0. I instinctively volleyed it and thought it was going in. I hit it sweetly and Schmeichel was beaten but it smashed off the bar.

"They were not happy when they went in at half-time at 0-0. We went 1-0 down to a penalty but it was the second penalty that killed us. Frank Sinclair went shoulder to shoulder with Andrei Kanchelskis and David Elleray gave a penalty which I'm sure even he would admit it wasn't. At 2-0 down they ran away with it but 4-0 was a very poor reflection of the game.

"This year will be fascinating. United are desperate to show their superiority over Chelsea by doing the Double and Chelsea will want to salvage something from their season. Winning two cups would still be a big achievement."


John Spencer
John Spencer Bustling pint-sized striker who was hugely popular with the Chelsea fans. Signed along with Robert Fleck in 1992 but for a fraction of the price. Joined QPR for big money in 1996 and had a very brief spell at Everton before returning north of the border and eventually trying his luck in America with Colorado Rapids. Retired in 2004 and is now assistant coach at Houston Dynamo.


Mark Stein Not quite in the pint-sized class but definitely diminutive. Signed by Hoddle from Stoke pre-Christmas 1993, the South African-born striker's goals played a big part in Chelsea's successful attempt at avoiding relegation. Finished his playing career with Dagenham & Redbridge. Stein left Grays Athletic in December after a spell as physio with the Conference club.


Substitute:
Tony Cascarino Once valued at the price of a set of tracksuits when he moved from non-league football to Gillingham, he went on to play at the highest level with Millwall, Aston Villa, Celtic as well in France with Marseille and Nancy. The big striker also played at three major international finals with the Republic of Ireland and wrote a highly-acclaimed best-selling autobiography. Now works as a pundit/columnist and is also a semi-pro poker player.

  • Many thanks go to Mark Westwood of Chelsea Old Boys.


    SEE ALSO
    Chelsea v Manchester United
    16 May 07 |  FA Cup
    Bruce relieved by Blues promotion
    30 Apr 07 |  Birmingham City
    Ince ready to play one more game
    26 Apr 07 |  Macclesfield Town
    Kanchelskis calls time on career
    12 Feb 07 |  Football
    Mark Hughes' FA Cup odyssey
    13 Apr 07 |  FA Cup
    Cantona voted Premiership's best
    15 Nov 05 |  Premier League
    Wolves reveal Hoddle exit reasons
    05 Jul 06 |  Wolverhampton Wanderers
    Kharine to leave Celtic
    21 May 02 |  Football
    Gullit backs Clarke for Scotland
    20 Oct 04 |  Internationals
    Huddersfield offer Sinclair deal
    10 May 07 |  Huddersfield Town
    Wise takes over as Leeds manager
    24 Oct 06 |  Leeds United
    Livi expect Spencer for training
    05 Sep 05 |  Livingston
    Stein appointed new Grays physio
    31 Oct 06 |  Grays Athletic


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