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Manchester United’s 1992-93 title-winners – where are they now?

25 years on from a remarkable last-gasp win over Sheffield Wednesday where are the players who starred in that comeback victory?

Soccer – FA Premier League – Manchester United v Sheffield Wednesday – Old Trafford
Soccer – FA Premier League – Manchester United v Sheffield Wednesday – Old Trafford

Manchester United claimed their first English title in 26 years when they lifted the inaugural Premier League trophy in 1993.

Key to the success was a dramatic late victory over Sheffield Wednesday in April as Steve Bruce scored an injury-time winner at Old Trafford to give birth to ‘Fergie Time’.

Here, 25 years on from that 2-1 win, Press Association Sport looks at where the team from that memorable day, which started an unparalleled period of success for Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United, are now.

Peter Schmeichel – Goalkeeper

Peter Schmeichel is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.

The ‘Great Dane’ would stay at United until 1999, moving on to Sporting Lisbon before returning to the Premier League later on to turn out for Aston Villa and Manchester City.

The 54-year-old now works in the media and can also be seen regularly at the King Power Stadium cheering on son Kasper, who followed in his father’s footsteps by winning the title as Leicester’s goalkeeper in 2016.

Paul Parker – right-back

Paul Parker established himself as part of a famous back-four at United.

England international Parker would keep his place in Ferguson’s side for another season before being ousted by highly-rated youngster Gary Neville.

He would go on to represent Derby, Sheffield United, Fulham and Chelsea but could never recapture the sort of form which made him a fans’ favourite at Old Trafford and now works in the media.

Steve Bruce – centre-back

Bruce's two goals in the win over Sheffield Wednesday were crucial in seeing United claim the maiden Premier League title.

Bruce scored both late goals as United came from behind to beat the Owls and line up a first title in well over two decades.

Two more Premier League crowns would follow before embarking on a successful managerial career, which has seen him manage in the top flight with Birmingham, Wigan, Sunderland and Hull – he is currently in charge at Championship promotion hopefuls Aston Villa.

Gary Pallister – centre-back

Pallister built a great understanding alongside Bruce in the United defence.

Pallister’s defensive partnership with Bruce with a mainstay of Ferguson’s early title-winning sides and the England international would stay at United until 1998.

He then returned for a second spell at first club Middlesbrough before hanging up his boots in 2001 and focusing on a career in the media, most notably at United’s in-house television channel MUTV.

Denis Irwin – left-back

Irwin would go on to win seven Premier League titles with United

Often included in any collection of Ferguson’s greatest-ever signings, Irwin was a complete full-back who could operate on either side of the defence as well as influence the game at the other end of the pitch.

The Republic of Ireland international played 529 times for the Red Devils, winning seven Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League before departing for Wolves in 2002. He now works extensively for MUTV.

Lee Sharpe – right midfield

Sharpe joined United from Torquay and enjoyed a successful career at Old Trafford.

Signed from Torquay in 1988, Sharpe was competing for a place in the side at this point following a string of injuries, the arrival of Andrei Kanchelskis and the form of the mercurial Ryan Giggs.

Sharpe would still do enough to earn two more title-winning medals before injury curtailed his career following moves to Leeds and Sampdoria. After appearing in reality television show Celebrity Love Island, the 46-year-old now makes sporadic TV appearances.

Paul Ince – centre midfield

Ince was in the process of taking over Bryan Robson's role as United's midfield enforcer.

With Bryan Robson’s combative midfield presence lessened by injury and age, Ince became a vital cog in Ferguson’s side.

He would be surprisingly sold in the summer of 1995 as Ferguson put his faith in his talented crop of youth-team stars and – following spells with Inter Milan, Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Wolves – the England international tried his hand at management, including in the Premier League with Blackburn, before becoming a television pundit.

Brian McClair – centre midfield

McClair moved from centre-forward to central midfield later in his career.

Once a prolific striker for United following his arrival from Celtic in 1987, McClair became a useful utility player for Ferguson and would often be deployed in midfield.

Four Premier League titles later and McClair left Old Trafford in 1998, returning eight years later as the director of United’s youth academy – a post he held until 2015.

Ryan Giggs – left midfield

Giggs would play over 900 games for United and was also interim manager for four games in 2013

A precocious Giggs had burst onto the scene at United the previous season and scored nine league goals in the 1992-93 campaign to help Ferguson’s side to the title.

He would go down in club history, playing on until 2014 making a record-breaking 963 appearances and winning countless honours. He managed United for four games after David Moyes was sacked before being appointed to Louis van Gaal’s coaching staff. He is now the manager of Wales and co-owner of Salford City.

Mark Hughes – striker

Hughes enjoyed two spells at Manchester United in between stints at Barcelona and Bayern Munich

Hughes was a talisman during his second spell at United and scored 15 Premier League goals to help lift the title in 1993.

He would go on to play for Chelsea, having been sold alongside Ince and Kanchelskis in 1995, before a stellar managerial career saw him take charge of Wales, Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR and Stoke. He was appointed as Southampton manager in March.

Eric Cantona – striker

Cantona's arrival at United played a major part in ushering in a new era of success for the club.

The man signed to break United’s long wait for a title – Cantona came with a winners’ medal from Leeds the previous campaign.

He would become a firm favourite and was an early pioneer for foreign stars in the Premier League before his shock retirement in 1997. He has since turned his hand to acting after a spell playing beach soccer.

Bryan Robson – substitute

Despite being largely out of the team, Robson would lift two Premier League trophies alongside Bruce.

Robson was 36 by the time he finally got his hands on a league title and his position in United’s side was already under threat.

The former England skipper would still go on to lift the Premier League trophy for a second time as Ferguson’s club captain before a managerial career saw him take Middlesbrough to the Premier League before spells at Bradford, West Brom, Sheffield United and Thailand followed. He is now a global ambassador for United.

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