Cup Winners Cup 1991: Manchester United 2 – 1 Barcelona
After the ban on English clubs competing in Europe, the 1991 European Cup Winners’ Cup final in Rotterdam was United’s opportunity to end a 23-year European trophy drought. Johan Cruyff’s great Barca side – who were to win their first European Cup at Wembley a year later – were without goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta and key midfielder Guillermo Amor through suspension and star striker Hristo Stoichkov through injury. United seized their chance as Barca reject Mark Hughes struck twice in the second half before Ronald Koeman’s goal prompted a tense finish at De Kuip.
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