Ferguson was openly being tipped for the sack if United crashed out of the FA Cup, when Robins hit a dramatic winner to sink Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest in 1990. And the rest is history.
Coventry visit Spurs tomorrow and Robins said: "No, Sir Alex never thanked me. I was doing my job. I don't have a special relationship with him.
"The enormity of my goal only sinks in years later.
"At the time, you're only a player doing your job."