The team from that day - a 2-0 defeat at Oxford on November 8, 1986 - was:
CHRIS TURNER (goalkeeper): Signed by Ron Atkinson in 1985, soon down the pecking order, with Jim Leighton eventually taking his place in 1988.
MIKE DUXBURY (right-back): Lost his place to Ferguson's first big buy, Viv Anderson, in 1987.
KEVIN MORAN (centre-back): The arrival of Steve Bruce in December 1987 meant his United days were numbered and the Irish international left in the summer of 1988.
GRAEME HOGG (centre-back): In and out of United's defence after Ferguson's arrival and a year later was moved on.
ARTHUR ALBISTON (left-back): Albiston made 467 outings, but mostly before Ferguson's arrival and soon lost his place.
CLAYTON BLACKMORE (right midfield): From 1988-1992 the versatile Welshman was largely Ferguson's first-choice left-back. Joined Middlesbrough in 1994.
PAUL McGRATH (midfield): Famously blew his chances with Ferguson because of his drinking habits. Sold to Villa in 1989.
REMI MOSES (midfield): Highly rated by Ferguson, retired at 27 with a knee problem in 1988.
PETER BARNES (left midfield) Lasted only half a season before rejoining Man City.
FRANK STAPLETON (striker): Scored 78 United goals but none in brief spell under Ferguson. Left in the summer of 1987 after signing of Brian McClair.
PETER DAVENPORT (striker): Played with McClair but lost his place when Ferguson lured Mark Hughes back to the club.