Football Years

Season 1 Episode 11

Season 98/99

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 30, 2002 on Sky1
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Season 98/99
The season 1998-99 will always be remembered as the season in which Manchester United won a unique treble of the Premiership title, FA Cup and European Cup. They secured their fifth league championship in seven seasons after losing just three league games all season. They won their record tenth F.A Cup after beating Newcastle 2-0 at Wembley Stadium. But their biggest triumph was a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final at Barcelona's Nou Camp Stadium. The victory in the European final was all the more amazing because United were trailing 0-1 with 90 minutes in the clock, but two injury time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær gave United a 2-1 victory - and their second European Cup victory. The previous success had been in 1968, and ironically the second success - on 26 May 1999 - took place on what would have been the 90th birthday of Sir Matt Busby, the man who took charge of the 1968 side. In order to achieve this success, the Manchester United playing squad had been altered substantially during the close season. A total of more than £28million had been spent on signing Dwight Yorke, Jaap Stam and Jesper Blomqvist, while several older players left the club. Gary Pallister had returned to Middlesbrough after nine years for a fee of £2.5million, while Brian McClair returned to Motherwell on a free transfer. In December, however, McClair was back in the Premiership as Brian Kidd's assistant at Blackburn Rovers.moreless

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