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Steve Bruce tries to prevent Palace\'s opener at Wembley. Getty

Manchester United's FA Cup victory against Crystal Palace 26 years ago was the one that sparked it all; the first of 49 trophies to be lifted by Sir Alex Ferguson. It could have all gone so differently had Mark Hughes not struck a late equaliser in the thrilling 3-3 final.

The Welshman's strike forced the replay however with Lee Martin etching his name in history by scoring the winner. So what is that team up to these days?

Jim Leighton

Leighton's form ahead of the final was sketchy to say the least, making a string of high profile errors including in the 5-1 thrashing to Manchester City. He retained his place in the 3-3, but after shipping three in that game, he made way for Les Sealey in the replay. Up until last year, Leighton was goalkeeper coach at Aberdeen, before current Dons boss Derek McInnes released him.

Les Sealey

Sealey stepped into the starting XI for the second leg and provided a wonderful performance, denying Palace with a string of fine saves. Tragically, Sealey died of a heart attack at the age of just 43 in 2001.

Mike Phelan

After retiring in 1995, Phelan was back at United from 2001 working under a number of roles, leaving in 2015 having served as Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant. The former right-back had a brief spell as caretaker boss at Norwich City before the arrival of Alex Neil, and now serves as assistant manager to old teammate...

Steve Bruce

Phelan is Bruce's right hand-man at Hull City and the pair will be back in the Premier League next season following the Tigers' promotion from the Championship.

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John Salako cut down by Steve Bruce in the replay. Getty

Gary Pallister

Pallister, who signed for United the summer before the final against Palace, would go onto make 437 appearances for the club. He is now a regular face on Manchester United's club channel MUTV. His last active role in football came as Operations Director at Darlington, before the club folded.

Lee Martin

Martin was the unlikely hero in that replay, bursting into the box from full-back to score past Nigel Martyn in the second-half. After retiring in 2008, the 47-year-old now works helping unemployed young people find work in the Chester area.

Neil Webb

After leaving United in 1992, Webb's career took him to Nottingham Forest, Swindon Town and at one point Hong Kong before calling it a day in 1997. The former midfielder has worked at Reading as a programme seller and a postman since leaving football. Webb put his 1990 FA Cup winners medal up for auction in 2012.

Paul Ince

Ince left Old Trafford in acrimonious circumstances five years after that cup success and found himself lining up against his old side in Liverpool colours just two years later. Since retiring, Ince's managerial career started brightly, winning promotion to League One with MK Dons in 2008. He left his last role at Blackpool in January 2014 and occasionally does the odd bit of punditry.

Bryan Robson

United's longest serving captain of all time left the club in 1994 after 13 years. A year later he was leading Middlesbrough into the top flight as player-manager, and, via a brief stop off at Bradford City, returned to his first club West Brom where he saved the club from relegation in miraculous circumstances in 2005. His last active role in football was a two-year stint at Thailand, but now has a more comfortable role as United's global ambassador.

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Pardew tangled with Bryan Robson in the FA Cup final 26 years ago; on Saturday he\'s back Getty

Danny Wallace

Wallace's career was sadly cut short by the effects of multiple sclerosis. Having set up the Danny Wallace foundation, he now spends his days raising funds for further research into MS.

Brian McClair

After briefly leaving the club following retirement to cut his teeth at Blackburn, he returned in 2001 to oversee the club's reserve team, eventually becoming director of the club's youth academy. Last summer, he moved back north of the border to take up duties as performance director of the Scottish Football Association.

Mark Hughes

Hughes' second goal in extra-time spared United's blushes and forced a replay that afternoon in Wembley. The Welshman has spent the last 12 years managing in the Premier League, matching Stoke City's best-ever Premier League finish during the 2015-16 season.

Mark Robins (Substitute)

Robins' greatest contributions came before the meeting with Palace, having scored the winner in the semi-final replay against Oldham Athletic and the goal that kept Ferguson from getting the sack in the third round against Nottingham Forest. Robins has managed five clubs across the Football League since hanging up his boots, last serving as Scunthorpe United boss before he was shown the door in January this year.

Clayton Blackmore (Substitute)

Blackmore's playing career didn't end until 2010 following a couple of forays into non-league football. The former utility man returned to United to help coach the club's Under-15 side and remains involved with the academy.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Won a few more trophies.