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1991 European Cup Winners' Cup Final
Event 1990–91 European Cup Winners' Cup
Date 15 May 1991
Venue Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam
Referee Bo Karlsson (Sweden)
Attendance 43,500

The 1991 European Cup Winners' Cup Final was a football match played between Manchester United and Barcelona on 15 May 1991 at Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam. It was the final match of the European Cup Winners' Cup 1990–91 and the 31st European Cup Winners' Cup Final. It came at the end of the first season of the reintroduction of English clubs into European competition after the ban following the Heysel disaster.

The match ended 2–1 to Manchester United on the night, with both United goals coming from Mark Hughes. Ronald Koeman scored a consolation goal for Barça towards the end of the game, but it was not enough to prevent the Red Devils from becoming the first English side to win a European competition since they were banned in 1985.



Mark Hughes, who had previously played for runners-up FC Barcelona, scored both of the goals for United. His career had faltered after Terry Venables took him to the Camp Nou in the mid-eighties. A loan spell at Bayern Munich revived him prior to his return to United in 1988.

After a goalless first half, United went 1–0 up following a free-kick from captain, Bryan Robson, which was headed goalwards by defender Steve Bruce. United striker Mark Hughes tapped the ball over the line, although whether the ball had already crossed before Hughes touched it was in dispute for some time, with both Bruce and Hughes claiming the goal (Mark Hughes later credited the goal to Steve Bruce, but the official scoreline shows both goals as being scored by Hughes.)

Hughes put United 2–0 up prior to Ronald Koeman's late free kick, which reduced the deficit. For his second goal, Hughes cut the ball into the net from such an acute angle that he had to spin it off the outside of his boot to ensure that it found its mark, something he'd obviously learnt from watching compatriot Clayton Blackmore's free kicks in earlier rounds of the competition.

After Ronald Koeman scored from a free kick, which came off the upright and hit the legs of United keeper Les Sealey before crossing the line, Barcelona had a late equaliser ruled out for offside and also had a shot cleared off the line, but United finished the game 2–1 winners.

Manchester United were undefeated in all rounds (unlike Barcelona who lost two games in qualifying). Brian McClair scored at least once in every round that Manchester United were involved in - except the final.

The Spanish newspapers stated "The Red Devils came dressed in white, like angels" but went on to remark at how devilish United were in their beating of Barcelona.

Match details

20:15 CEST
Manchester United England 2 – 1 Spain Barcelona Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam
Attendance: 43,500
Referee: Bo Karlsson (Sweden)
Hughes Goal 67' Goal 74' (Report) Koeman Goal 79'
GK 1 England Les Sealey
RB 2 Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin
LB 3 Wales Clayton Blackmore
CB 4 England Steve Bruce
RM 5 England Mike Phelan
CB 6 England Gary Pallister
CM 7 England Bryan Robson (c) Booked in the 78th minute 78'
CM 8 England Paul Ince
SS 9 Scotland Brian McClair
CF 10 Wales Mark Hughes
LM 11 England Lee Sharpe
DF 12 Northern Ireland Mal Donaghy
GK 13 England Gary Walsh
MF 14 England Neil Webb
FW 15 England Mark Robins
FW 16 England Danny Wallace
Scotland Alex Ferguson
Man Utd vs Barcelona 1991-05-15.svg
GK 1 Spain Carles Busquets
RB 2 Spain Nando Red card 84'
CB 3 Spain José Ramón Alexanko (c) Substituted off in the 72nd minute 72'
DM 4 Netherlands Ronald Koeman
LB 5 Spain Albert Ferrer
CM 6 Spain José Mari Bakero Booked in the 76th minute 76'
RM 7 Spain Andoni Goikoetxea
CM 8 Spain Eusebio
CF 9 Spain Julio Salinas
CF 10 Denmark Michael Laudrup
LM 11 Spain Txiki Begiristain
FW 12 Spain Ricardo Serna
GK 13 Spain Jesús Angoy
DF 14 Spain Miquel Soler
FW 15 Spain Sebastián Herrera
MF 16 Spain Antonio Pinilla Substituted on in the 72nd minute 72'
Netherlands Johan Cruyff

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