This should bring back some memories; Here is the first Panini squad of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at Manchester United.
Although he took over the previous year, the season of 1987-88 was his first full season in charge and therefore his first in United’s colours in a Panini sticker album.
A quick glance down the left hand column and you’ll see that under ‘Honours’ United had a paltry seven league Championships to their name at the time, the last of which had been won over 20 years previous.
Nobody could have foreseen what was to happen at Old Trafford under the stewardship of Sir Alex. Not even the most optimistic United devotee could have imagined their team would usurp Liverpool’s total of 18 league titles under the Scotsman’s guidance.
However United and Ferguson would be made to wait for that first Championship; the season of 87-88 would see United finish as runner-up to Liverpool who won the title by 9 points.
United would finish back in 11th the following season, 13th the year after that, then 6th before finally challenging again in 1991-92, being pipped to the post by Howard Wilkinson’s Leeds United.
It’s hard to imagine United sticking with David Moyes if his first 4 and 3/4 seasons ended in a similar fashion!
Looking through his squad for 87-88 though its easy to see why they were up there – with the likes of McGrath, Whiteside, Strachan, Robson, Olsen and McClair in their ranks.
But am I the only person who thought Peter Davenport looked more like an accountant than a top flight footballer…?
Big thanks to the guys at Stickipedia once again for their help with this.