“For me that was the best atmosphere inside of Old Trafford that I’ve witnessed. It was a great night to come back against a top team like Barcelona and beat them 3-0.
“One of the things that always amused me on that night was that I got a phone call from Trevor Francis, who was playing for Sampdoria.
“They were playing in Europe the next night. They were all in a hotel watching our game and Trevor said he had to phone me because every single player had said ‘you lot are on drugs’!
“The records show that when a team takes a 2-0 lead into a game, whether it’s away from home or not, it’s very difficult to pull that back.
“The fans have always got a part to play. If they get right behind the team, players respond to that. Big players love a great atmosphere, especially on your home soil. If you get that atmosphere going and we get an early goal, then it can be done.”
Bryan Robson was speaking at an event launching a global partnership between Manchester United and Gulf Oil international.