The Manchester United team we had in 1994 was unbelievable. It was just something different. I loved playing in that United team. We had gre...
The Manchester United team we had in 1994 was unbelievable. It was just something different.
A few days later we went to Villa Park and played a very nice game against Villa. We won 2-1, I scored our second goal and we played very well. Villa were a good team, but we were very strong in the Premier League. We had won the last two titles and we wanted three in a row.
Normally we would play a derby game at the weekend, but this one was on a Thursday night. Today, with no supporters in the stadiums because of the virus, games feel like friendly games. I have felt that while managing during these games in Uzbekistan. But back then, especially on that night against City, the atmosphere was amazing. Everybody inside the stadium understood the fixture and its importance, and fans from both clubs wanted their players to go out and fight for the win and kill the other team. It made the game even more important for the players.
I got to keep the ball from that match because of my hat-trick, and I still have it in my house. I have lots of things from my time at United. My medals, my caps, my photos… big photos of the teams I played in, a big photo with Matt Busby which was very nice, so I have lots of big, nice memories from my career at Old Trafford.