Where Are They Now? Alex Ferguson’s first trophy winners of 1989/90

The latest in our ever-popular series looks back at Sir Alex’s FA Cup victors, who opened the floodgates for over two decades of glory

Jim Leighton

After his wife Linda infamously flicked the Vs at Ferguson, he headed back to Scotland

Having been a core component of Ferguson's hugely successful Aberdeen side, it was little surprise Leighton joined his mentor at Old Trafford in 1988.

During the 1989/90 season, his erratic form between the sticks culminated in a skittish performance in the first match of the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace, which United drew 3-3. Leighton was controversially dropped for the replay, playing just once more for the club.

After his wife Linda infamously flicked the Vs at Ferguson, he headed back to Scotland where he played for Hibs, Aberdeen again (he broke his jaw in the 2000 Scottish FA Cup final) and kept goal for his country at the 1998 World Cup.

Les Sealey

After Sealey died from a heart attack in 2001, Leighton – with whom he'd remained close – acted as a pallbearer at his funeral

In just his third start for the club, stand-in keeper Sealey withstood Palace's aerial battering in the replay and kept a clean sheet for United's 1-0 win. Afterwards, he sought out the tearful Leighton and gave him his winner’s medal. Later, Leighton slipped it back into Sealey's pocket.

Aged 32, Sealey secured more silverware at United when they won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1991. Sealey then mostly played an understudy role at a string of clubs throughout the ‘90s, before accepting the role of goalkeeping coach at West Ham.

After Sealey died from a heart attack in 2001, Leighton – with whom he'd remained close – acted as a pallbearer at his funeral.

Les Sealey

Sealey became West Ham's goalkeeping coach in the early 2000s

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