During the 1992 close season, Ferguson went on the hunt for a new striker. He first attempted to sign Alan Shearer from Southampton, but lost out to Blackburn Rovers. He also made at least one approach for the Sheffield Wednesday striker David Hirst, but manager Trevor Francis rejected all offers and the player stayed put. In the end, he paid £1 million for 23-year-old Cambridge United striker Dion Dublin – his only major signing of the summer.

After a slow start to the 1992–93 season by sitting 10th at the beginning of November, it looked as though United would miss out on the league title yet again. However, after the purchase of French striker Eric Cantona from Leeds for £1.2 million, the future of Manchester United, and Ferguson's position as manager, began to look bright. Cantona formed a strong partnership with Mark Hughes. On 10 April 1993, United were second in the league when they faced Sheffield Wednesday at home. United were losing with four minutes to go before Steve Bruce equalised. After 7 minutes of injury time – which was subsequently dubbed “Fergie Time”, alluding to extra minutes allegedly being granted to Ferguson’s teams to get a goal – Bruce scored the 97th minute winner, with Ferguson celebrating the goal by running from his dugout on to the touch line, while assistant Brian Kidd ran on to the field. Seen as being a decisive victory, it put United top of the league, where they remained. Winning the title ended United's 26-year wait for a league title, and also made them the first Premier League champions. United finished with a ten-point margin over runners-up Aston Villa, whose 1–0 defeat at Oldham Athletic on 2 May 1993 had given United the title. Ferguson was later voted Manager of the Year by the League Managers' Association.

This would be the first Premier League title of the 13 Ferguson won with the reds.

 

1. Paul Parker (31 League appearances)

2. Peter Schmeichel (42 League appearances)

3. Mike Phelan ( 11 League appearances)

4. Denis Irwin (40 League appearances)

5. Darren Fergurson (15 League appearances)

6. Steve Bruce (42 League appearances)

7. Gary Pallister (42 League appearances)

8. Clayton Blackmore (14 League appearances)

9. Paul Ince (41 League appearances)

10. Bryan Robson (14 League appearances)

11. Eric Cantona (22 League appearances)

12. Brian McClair (42 League appearances)

13. Andrei Kanchelskis (27 League appearances)

14. Lee Sharpe (27 League appearances)

15. David Wallace (2 League appearances)

16. Ryan Giggs (41 League appearances)

17. Sir Alex Ferguson

18. Dion Dublin (7 League appearances)

19. Mark Hughes (41 League appearances)

20. Brian Kidd

 

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