Ranked! The 15 best Premier League goals of the '90s
5. David Beckham, Wimbledon vs Man United (1996)
Selhurst Park has witnessed some stunning Premier League goals in recent years, including Dele Alli’s tremendous turn-and-volley and Pajtim Kasami’s Marco van Basten impression for Fulham.
Yet the most memorable in the Premier League era remains Beckham’s coming-of-age effort against Wimbledon in 1996. Having spotted Neil Sullivan off his line, the Manchester United man launched an audacious strike from just inside his own half. The shot was pinpoint, perfectly weighted, and sent Sullivan scrambling back towards goal in a futile attempt to prevent the ball dipping under the crossbar and nestling in the net.
4. Dwight Yorke, Aston Villa vs Sheffield Wednesday (1993)
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Who knew Pep Guardiola managed Aston Villa in the early ’90s? But no: Ron Atkinson was actually the man in the home dugout when Yorke rounded off a fantastic team move in a 2-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in the Premier League’s inaugural season of 1992/93, when the Villans finished as runners-up behind Manchester United.
Ray Houghton, Paul McGrath, Earl Barrett, Garry Parker and Yorke were all involved before the piece de resistance: a cheeky nutmeg from Dean Saunders in midfield. Houghton then swept the ball into Cyrille Regis, whose one-touch lay-off was collected by Kevin Richardson; the Villa captain picked out Steve Staunton, with Yorke on hand to convert the Irishman’s low cross at the back post. Team work makes the dream work.
3. Eric Cantona, Man United vs Sunderland (1996)
One of the most iconic goals – and celebrations – in Premier League history. The final touch, a marvellous chip over Sunderland shot-stopper Lionel Perez which kissed the post on its way in, was brilliant enough, but Cantona was heavily involved in the build-up too.
The Frenchman collected the ball with his back to goal just inside the Sunderland half, and six dazzling touches later had escaped the attention of two opponents to begin his journey towards the penalty area. Cantona then played a one-two with Brian McClair and, remaining typically unflustered, let the ball run across his body before locating the top corner. The celebration said it all.
2. Dennis Bergkamp, Leicester vs Arsenal (1997)
Bergkamp’s most famous Premier League goal was the remarkable turn-and-finish against Newcastle in 2002, but this effort against Leicester – the third in a tremendous hat-trick – is also among the best that the division has ever seen.
The Dutchman plucked David Platt’s raking pass out of the air with consummate elegance, barely even looking behind him to judge the flight of the ball but still bringing it under his spell. His second touch was just as good, whisking the ball away from Matt Elliott with his left foot to leave the Iceman with a clear view of goal from five yards – an opportunity he didn’t pass up, after adjusting his feet expertly.
1. Matt Le Tissier, Blackburn vs Southampton (1994)
A Southampton legend and a Premier League cult hero – not many players who graced England’s top tier in the ’90s were as fun to watch as Le Tissier.
This goal against Blackburn in 1994 exemplified his outstanding natural ability; the languid midfielder barely broke sweat as he twisted and turned his way past two Rovers defenders before bending a magnificent 40-yard shot into the top corner.
As Clive Tyldesley exclaimed on commentary: “Only Matthew Le Tissier can score goals like that.”