The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) can’t sit still, announcing plans to create a third European club competition in the wake of the successful debut of the UEFA Nations Cup.
Mark Hughes rounds the Barcelona keeper, but he’s gone too wide. Sparky doesn’t think so. His GPS-like goal net memory switches on, as he turns and smashes the ball into the back of the net in a split-second that sends 15,000 Man United fans into delirium, and a 16-year-old, Lee Davy, running around his bedroom kicking rolled up socks into the air.
It was the 1991 UEFA Cup Winners Cup, the first piece of European silverware for United in my lifetime, and the beginning of a golden era of football in the North West of England.