1994 Football League Cup Final

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1994 Football League Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event 1993–94 Football League Cup
Date 27 March 1994
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Man of the Match Kevin Richardson (Aston Villa)
Referee Keith Cooper (Glamorgan)
Attendance 77,231
1993
1995

The 1994 Football League Cup Final took place on 27 March 1994 at the old Wembley Stadium. It was contested between Manchester United and Aston Villa. Aston Villa won 3–1 to claim their fourth League Cup final victory. Manchester United would go on to win both the Premier League and FA Cup that season, the result denying United the Domestic Treble, while Villa finished 10th in the Premier League.

Road to Wembley[edit]

Aston Villa[edit]

Aston Villa Round Manchester United
Birmingham City 0–1 Aston Villa Round 2 Stoke City 2–1 Manchester United
Aston Villa 1–0 Birmingham City Manchester United 2–0 Stoke City
Aston Villa won 2–0 on aggregate Manchester United won 3–2 on aggregate
Sunderland 1–4 Aston Villa Round 3 Manchester United 5–1 Leicester City
Arsenal 0–1 Aston Villa Round 4 Everton 0–2 Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur 1–2 Aston Villa Round 5 Manchester United 2–2 Portsmouth
Portsmouth 0–1 Manchester United
Tranmere Rovers 3–1 Aston Villa Semi-finals Manchester United 1–0 Sheffield Wednesday
Aston Villa 3–1 Tranmere Rovers Sheffield Wednesday 1–4 Manchester United
Aston Villa won 5–4 on penalties Manchester United won 5–1 on aggregate

Match summary[edit]

Aston Villa had finished runners-up to Manchester United the previous season but were in poor form going into this final, losing three consecutive games. The bookmakers and national press were predicting that the Villa would be beaten comfortably at Wembley. Manchester United had suffered a slight blip of their own with a couple of draws in their previous league matches and several high-profile red cards to the likes of Eric Cantona and Peter Schmeichel – but the predicted victory for them in this match was expected to be the first part of a domestic treble. Alex Ferguson decided to field his full strength team with the exception of former Villa keeper Les Sealey who was deputising for the suspended Schmeichel. Villa boss Ron Atkinson decided to field a five-man midfield with Tony Daley and Dalian Atkinson on the flanks and unknown rookie Graham Fenton to partner Andy Townsend and Kevin Richardson in the centre. With Liverpudlian comedian Stan Boardman on the team bus and in the dressing room, Ron Atkinson ensured his players were relaxed before kick-off.

The match began with Aston Villa playing a fast counter-attacking game. United saw a lot of the ball but the Villa's defence, marshalled expertly by Paul McGrath, rendered Cantona anonymous. There was a scare for Villa when Mark Bosnich looked to have brought down Roy Keane outside the box but the referee played on. Aston Villa's only chance in the first twenty odd minutes had been an inswinging corner from Steve Staunton which was touched over by Sealey. On twenty five minutes however Townsend played a pass into the feet of Dean Saunders who flicked the ball over the top of United's defence and into the path of Dalian Atkinson who made no mistake.

In the second half the pattern of the game remained the same, United sluggish and Villa playing a counter-attacking game. On 70 minutes Kevin Richardson tackled United substitute Lee Sharpe who looked certain to score. Five minutes later Villa went down the other end and earned a free kick when Daley was brought down just outside the United box. Richardson swung it in and Saunders stuck a leg out to divert it into the net for Villa's second goal. Mark Hughes pulled a goal back for United with seven minutes remaining and was denied a second just moments later when Bosnich pushed a venomous looking volley round the post. With time nearly up Villa broke once more, Tony Daley striking the United post with a fantastic shot. The ball fell to Dalian Atkinson who hit it goal-wards only for the ball to strike Andrei Kanchelskis on the hand. The Russian was to be red carded and could only watch as Dean Saunders converted the resulting penalty. The final whistle went and the Villa had won 3–1. United went onto win the FA Cup and FA Carling Premiership but the day was Villa's and it was Kevin Richardson who stepped up to collect the cup for the Birmingham club.

The match was also the last to be covered on the original BBC Radio 5. The station closed down that night, with BBC Radio Five Live launching the following morning.

Match details[edit]

27 March 1994
15:00
Aston Villa 3–1 Manchester United
Atkinson Goal 25'
Saunders Goal 75'90' (pen.)
Report Hughes Goal 82'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 77,231
Referee: Keith Cooper (Glamorgan)
Aston Villa
Manchester United
GK 13 Australia Mark Bosnich
RB 2 England Earl Barrett
CB 5 Republic of Ireland Paul McGrath
CB 4 England Shaun Teale
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Steve Staunton Substituted off
RM 11 England Tony Daley
CM 25 England Graham Fenton
CM 14 Republic of Ireland Andy Townsend
LM 6 England Kevin Richardson (c)
CF 10 England Dalian Atkinson
CF 9 Wales Dean Saunders
Substitutes:
GK 1 England Nigel Spink
DF 17 England Neil Cox Substituted in
MF 7 Republic of Ireland Ray Houghton
Manager:
England Ron Atkinson
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GK 13 England Les Sealey
RB 2 England Paul Parker
CB 4 England Steve Bruce (c) Substituted off
CB 6 England Gary Pallister
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin
RM 14 Russia Andrei Kanchelskis Red card 90'
CM 16 Republic of Ireland Roy Keane
CM 8 England Paul Ince
LM 11 Wales Ryan Giggs Substituted off
SS 7 France Eric Cantona
CF 10 Wales Mark Hughes
Substitutes:
GK 25 England Gary Walsh
MF 5 England Lee Sharpe Substituted in
FW 9 Scotland Brian McClair Substituted in
Manager:
Scotland Alex Ferguson

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