Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography: 27 years in charge of Manchester United - season-by-season in pictures
1989/90 Despite paying large sums for Neil Webb, Paul Ince, Mike Phelan and Gary Pallister, United started the season terribly, losing 5-1 away to rivals Manchester City in September and going on a run of six defeats and two draws. This led to the call for Ferguson to be sacked by fans and journalists alike, with Ferguson later describing the time as "the darkest period [he had] ever suffered in the game". United drew Nottingham Forest away in the third round of the FA Cup and it is widely believed if United lost Ferguson would get the sack. They won the game 1-0 and ended up reaching the final, beating Crystal Palace in a replay 1-0 after a 3-3 draw in the first game to give Ferguson his first silverware at United.