BBC Sport - FA Cup: 50 memorable goals - Mark Robins saves Alex Ferguson
Top 50 FA Cup goals: Robins saves Ferguson
- From the section Football
BBC Sport is looking back at 50 iconic FA Cup goals in the build-up to the first round proper, which takes place in November.
In January 1990 a large part of Manchester United's supporters wanted Alex Ferguson (the knighthood was another nine years away) out of the club.
United had lost at home to Crystal Palace the previous month, prompting a banner in the Stretford End that accused Ferguson of presiding over "three years of excuses" at Old Trafford.
Defeat away to an in-form Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup seemed a distinct possibility - and the rumour was such a result would be Ferguson's last in charge.
Whether he would have survived remains one of football's great imponderables because instead Mark Robins nodded in the only goal of the game.
United went on to lift the FA Cup, beating Crystal Palace 1-0 in a final replay. It was the first of 38 trophies, including 13 league titles and two European Cups, that followed in Ferguson's glorious 26-year reign.