On 19 April 1997, Sir Alex team traveled to Liverpool and a victory would give United the title on Merseyside before four weeks from the end. United were on top with 66 points with a game in hand while Liverpool had 64 points from 34 games. So for Liverpool it was a must-win game to keep their hope alive. Man United started with Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Johnsen, Pallister, Phill Neville, Beckham, Scholes, Keane, Butt, Cole and The King Eric Cantona.
Club legend Gary Pallister was transferred to Manchester United from Middlesbrough just prior to the 1989-90 season for a then record fee of £2.3 million. He made an ordinary start in which the transfer fee seemed to affect his form but soon began to put in the great performances he would become known for. The 6 foot 4 inch central defender went from strength to strength, forming the backbone of United’s defence for nine years winning a major trophy in every season except 1994-95.
Four years of anticipation and expectations are now only hours away. Some of football’s greatest stars are assembled in South Africa preparing to put on “The Greatest Show On Earth” but a number of others will be watching the 2010 World Cup from their living rooms back home. It must be frustrating for grossly talented players who are capable of lighting up the tournament with their outstanding skills but whose countries were unable to obtain one of the only 32 spots available.