Barcelona 1 Manchester United 2
Once again these two teams met in the Cup Winners Cup; once again, United went in as the underdogs, but this time it was the final.
This was the first year English clubs were allowed back in Europe after the Heysel disaster, and the days when English clubs dominated the European scene seemed such a long time ago. United took a lot of fans over to Rotterdam hoping to bring the European pride back to these shores and more importantly for themselves after a rather unremarkable season in which they finished sixth.
Barcelona, on the other hand, was on the rise again. They broke the five-year stronghold Real Madrid had on La Liga by finally claiming it back, and then would go on to win it for the next three years straight, and they were also only one season away from becoming the kings of European football by winning the European Cup for the first time.
It was clear who the favourites were again, but as was shown seven years earlier, an inspired United performance broke Barcelona hearts. This time, it was Mark Hughes who was the hero, who had been on Barcelona’s books just five years earlier, came back to haunt his old club, scoring the two goals that won the trophy. Ronald Koeman scored a consolation goal from a free kick whilst also Barcelona had a player sent off with five minutes to go and had a late equalizer ruled out for offside, but it didn’t matter, United held on to lift the trophy.