The 1993/1994 season was remarkable for Manchester United as we won a second consecutive league title, losing just four matches all season as they sauntered to the top of the pile. The Red Devils boasted the likes of Robson, Gary McAllister, Denis Irwin and Steve Bruce, veterans of the club who helped usher a new era of dominance for the club. The club we’re also looking to the future as the fabled class of 1992 were starting to gain a foothold in the club. The club also won the FA Cup final at Wembley, destroying Chelsea 4-0.
Sir Alex Ferguson, the most successful manager in the history of the English game was the master of breaking up teams, as he always had the hindsight to replace ageing legs. Yet, the manner in which he disbanded senior members of that squad reeked of ruthlessness. Steve Bruce and Bryan Robson were in their 30s, while Irwin and Pallister were not that far from that milestone. The legendary Scotsman won 38 trophies in 27 years at the helm of affairs in the Old Trafford dugout. The manner in which he disposed these players brought some sort of criticism, and now the 74-year-old has explained the rationale behind the decision.Speaking to The Sun, he said, “Three or four players got old at the same time. I had to remember that I was manager of Manchester United, not their father and I had to go and tell them their time had come.” “Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister, Denis Irwin and Bryan Robson. It is very difficult to do. “Some people might say itis ruthles but it is about loyalty to the club. I am their manager, employed by them, and it is up toke sure Manchester United remains the best team.” he added.
Robson left United that summer at the age of 37, Bruce would play for two more years before leaving in 1996. Remarkably, Pallister spent four more years and Irwin would leave Manchester in 2002 as an undisputed club legend. The judgement of Sir Alex was right, as the players enjoyed a reduced role and Manchester United were better for it.