Paul McGrath was sold to Aston Villa for £400,000, with Ferguson making an approach for Swedish defender Glenn Hysen, but lost out to Liverpool. Manchester United's squad recorded "We Will Stand Together" for their appearance, whilst the Palace team recorded a version of the club's anthem "Glad All Over". Then again, Ferguson’s genius suggests being fired before 1992 would not have meant the end of him as a top manager. Everton suffered a shock 2–1 defeat at the hands of West Ham United. On 17 minutes, Crystal Palace took the lead when Gary O'Reilly headed in from a free-kick, via Gary Pallister's head, despite the attempt of Jim Leighton to save the ball on the line. Bryan Robson and Mark Hughes (2) scored for Manchester United; Gary O'Reilly and Ian Wright (2) for Palace. Some reports even suggested that the former Everton manager Howard Kendall was about to be appointed as manager of Manchester United, but the board denied that Ferguson's position was at risk. No Ferguson means no Cantona, which means no Keane. There was chance for more success in 1991 when Forest reached their only FA Cup final under Brian Clough and went ahead after scoring an early goal against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, but ended up losing 2–1 in extra time after an own goal by Des Walker. In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first.
He needed an FA Cup run to distract the fans from the club's league form. The end of the road for Solskjaer? Just two minutes into extra time, Wright put Palace ahead and it looked as though the FA Cup would be heading to Selhurst Park for the first time ever. The First Division season began with an excellent 4–1 home win over defending champions Arsenal. 'The Massacre of Maine Road', a 5-1 defeat at Manchester City, had set the tone for the season some three months earlier. An own goal by Des Walker in extra time gave Tottenham Hotspur their eighth FA Cup triumph, a record at the time. Nottingham Forest beat West Ham United 4–0 to reach their first FA Cup final for 32 years and give Brian Clough the chance of winning his first FA Cup to add to the two European Cups, one league title and four League Cups that he had already won with them. Season summary.
The next day, Michael Knighton, a 37-year-old property developer, agreed a takeover deal for the club. Watch Derek Chisora vs Oleksandr Osyk Live Stream on Saturday, 31st October 2020. What we do know, though, is that Robins' header put Man Utd on course for their first major trophy in five years. Later that month, a 2–0 defeat at Norwich City pushed Manchester United just one place and one point short of the relegation zone, but they continued to progress in the FA Cup as Clayton Blackmore scored the only goal of the game for a United side who eliminated Hereford United from the FA Cup in the fourth round tie at Edgar Street.  In Forest's team that day was young Irish midfielder Roy Keane, who had joined the club the previous summer. England fans duly behaved well at the tournament, and this gave the green light to Manchester United to compete in the 1990–91 European Cup Winners' Cup, which they ultimately won. Arsenal kept their double hopes alive with a 2–1 win over Cambridge United, who were continuing their climb up the Football League with a second successive promotion on the way as well as a second successive FA Cup quarter-final. The second round of games were played either over the weekend 7–8 December 1990, with replays being played on 11–12 December; or they were played in the midweek, from 10–12 December, with replays being played on 17 December.