In 1999, Sir Alex's men became the first English side to win a league, FA Cup and European Cup treble and since then, no Premier League side has repeated the feat.
That's just one reason why the Man United class of 1999 is the first in Futaa's series commemorating the greatest teams in the Premier League era.
😈 Manchester United 1998/1999
After the 1996/1997 season, United lost the genius talent of Eric Cantona and it showed, with the Red Devils ending the 1997/1998 season emptyhanded. However, Class of '92 icons Gary Neville, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs played pivotal roles in their unprecedented treble success that quickly made up for that in some style.
The hallmark of this United crop was its ability to soak up pressure, show their resilience and pull wins out of the fire, and a legendary defensive unit of Peter Schmeichel in goal, Gary Neville, Ronny Johnsen, Jaap Stam and Dennis Irwin created the platform for them to do just that.
Under the tutelage of Sir Alex the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, United was a group of born winners.
🏆🏆🏆 Unprecedented treble success
They pipped Arsenal to the league title by a solitary point having trailed them with three games to go. Ryan Giggs' infamous solo winner in the 109th minute of the FA Cup semifinal against The Gunners, a match in which Dennis Bergkamp missed a penalty to put the game out of reach, will go down in folklore. United had to dig deep and get over the line against The Gunners with ten men.
😯 Champions League Final won at the death
Most remarkably, United overcame Juventus in the Champions League semifinal and then, dramatically, beat Bayern Munich in extra time in the final at the Camp Nou.
The buildup to the final staged at Barcelona's Camp Nou was hardly ideal for Sir Alex and United. Key central midfield duo Paul Scholes and Roy Keane were both suspended for the showpiece, so there were starts in the middle of the park for Nicky Butt and David Beckham.
Bayern took an early lead in the final through a 6th-minute strike from Mario Basler and the German giants defended valiantly and must have been thinking they had the European Cup in the bag as the contest entered stoppage time. However, the most dramatic late comeback was masterminded by United's two substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The super subs struck in the 91st and 93rd minutes respectively to send daggers into the hearts of Bayern Munich and Samuel Kuffour especially, who was crestfallen.
In many ways, United's stubborn refusal to lie down and accept defeat in the final against Bayern summed up all that they were about as a team. Resilience, sheer will and determination, and a bunch of talent too.
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