1990 – Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace
Alex Ferguson liked his first trip to the FA Cup Final he did it twice. After a high-scoring, 3-3 draw in the first match, Crystal Palace and Manchester United were forced into a replay. The second match was much less eventful. Lee Martin scored the only goal of the match for United and Palace were unable to beat United keeper Les Sealey. United would see out the match and Ferguson would win his first of five FA Cups with United.
1994 – Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea
United and Chelsea were in very different places in 1994. Chelsea finished 14th in the Premier League and United was just crowned champions. United went into the FA Cup Final that year as heavy favorites, and they would show why. Eric Cantona scored two penalties in the second half to open the scoring. United would add two more before full-time to win their 8th FA Cup. It was also the first time in club history that United was able to win the domestic double.
1995 – Everton 1-0 Manchester United
In the 50th FA Cup Final since the conclusion of World War II, Everton managed to hold United scoreless and win their first FA Cup in a decade. United was without three of their key players, including a suspended Cantona and a cup-tied Andy Cole. United had a bad week as they had just lost winning a consecutive Premier League title to Blackburn. It would be the first time since 1989 that United failed to win any silverware. With Everton’s Joe Royle, it was also the last time an English manager would win an FA Cup until Harry Redknapp in 2008.
1996 – Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool
In a rematch of the 1977 FA Cup Final Manchester United once again got the better of their historic rivals. The 1996 final was hardly memorable, with just a single goal scored by Cantona minutes from full-time. It was, however, United’s second domestic double in three years. They had never won a double before 1994, and now they had two in three seasons, with more to come.
1999- Manchester United 2- o Newcastle United
The last year of the 20th century was a good one for Manchester United. In United’s last FA Cup match at the old Wembley stadium, they decided to make it a memorable one. There were chances from both sides in the first ten minutes, and Roy Keane had to be substituted after only 9 minutes. Teddy Sheringham was the one to come on for Keane and he made an immediate impact, scoring just two minutes after being brought on. Paul Scholes would add a second in the second half, and United’s Peter Schmeichel would keep Newcastle at bay. Four days later, United would capture it’s first ever treble, with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final.
2004 – Manchester United 3-0 Millwall
In 2004, United would play first-time finalists Millwall. It was the first time in the Premier League era that a team outside of the top flight made it to the final. Manchester was in no mood to be nice to the newcomers, however, and they put Millwall under early pressure. Cristiano Ronaldo would open the scoring for United shortly before half-time and a pair of goals from Ruud van Nistelrooy in the second half gave United an easy victory. In goal for United was a young Tim Howard, who became the second American to win an FA Cup. He was the first American to do so since Julian Sturgis in 1873. It would also be the last time, to this date, that United have won the FA Cup.
2005 – Arsenal (5) 0-0 (4) Manchester United
Manchester United and Arsenal had the privilege of deciding the first ever FA Cup Final via the Penalty shootout. United was dominant throughout, heavily outshooting Arsenal, but they were unable to find a way to score. United was given a further boost when Jose Antonio Reyes was sent off just before the match went to penalties. However, since the sending off was so late, United had little time to take advantage. Arsenal managed to win the penalty shootout 5-4 and Arsenal were able to get the better of their rival despite being outplayed for much of the match.
2007 – Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
In the first FA Cup Final at the new Wembley Stadium Chelsea managed a 1-0 victory when Didier Drogba scored a late winner 4 minutes before the match would have gone to penalties. The game was a traditional final, in the sense that both teams were trying to be as cautious as they could be. The match was the third consecutive year that the FA Cup Final went to extra time, but unlike the previous two, this one would not need penalties. Extra time had its share of controversy when Ryan Giggs claimed to have scored but the officiating crew didn’t feel that the ball had fully crossed the line. Not long after Drogba scored to give Chelsea their first FA Cup triumph since 1997. It would be the last time that Alex Ferguson managed in an FA Cup Final.