Man Utd’s first games as League Cup holders over the years

23/9/1992: Brighton (A) 1-1

Following our first triumph in the League Cup, beating Nottingham Forest 1-0 in the Rumbelows-sponsored competition in the previous campaign, Alex Ferguson’s side travelled to the south coast to face Brighton & Hove Albion.

In a two-legged Coca-Cola Cup tie, we started with a draw, taking the lead through Danny Wallace, before Matthew Edwards levelled with 18 minutes left at the Goldstone Ground. Wallace had already hit a post when he smashed in a long-range screamer, following an intelligent pass by Denis Irwin. However, Edwards nodded a Chapman cross past Gary Walsh to make it 1-1. 

Of course, the game is best remembered for the United debut of a certain David Beckham, who came on as a second-half substitute.

Mark Hughes, who almost snatched a late winner in Sussex, scored the only goal of the second leg at Old Trafford, volleying home in typical fashion when Brian McClair’s header bounced back off the bar.

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