Cantona United

Champions League | 16 October 1996 | Fenerbahce Stadium | Scorers: Beckham 55, Cantona 60

Manchester United return to Turkey this week for the first time in almost four years to face Fenerbahce in the Europa League.

The sixth competitive meeting between the sides comes 20 years after the first, when United secured a first-ever victory on Turkish soil. In October 1996, a young David Beckham and club captain Eric Cantona scored second-half goals to give Alex Ferguson’s side a 2-0 win in the Champions League group stages.

The Reds had been to Istanbul twice before in the same competition to face Fenerbahce’s rivals, Galatasaray, but drew both games 0-0.

United, the champions of England going into the 1996/97 Champions League campaign, had been handed a tough group alongside Turkish champions Fenerbahce, Austria’s leading side Rapid Vienna and Italian heavyweights Juventus.

This season would see the likes of Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Beckham – who would be voted PFA Young Player of the Year – establish themselves in the first team as United won the league again (an 11th top-flight title overall) but lost in the semi-finals of the Champions League to the eventual winners, Borussia Dortmund.

Click the play button above to watch the best of the action from the night United first beat Thursday’s opponents.

United team v Fenerbahce, October 1996: Schmeichel, G.Neville, Pallister, May, Irwin, Beckham, Johnsen, Butt, Cruyff (Poborksy 73), Cantona, Solskjaer.

Video by Steve Bibby

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