The Treble wasn't built in a day... almost a year of hard work went into United's epic achievement. This month we look back at December 1998, a month when the Reds dropped an alarming eleven points...
Dwight Yorke’s return to his former club was met with a chorus of jeers when United took on table-topping Aston Villa at Villa Park. With just one point separating the sides, it was perhaps inevitable the clash would be tense and scrappy, and the match ended in a draw. Paul Scholes netted the opener against the run of play but Julian Joachim replied for Villa.
United found themselves at White Hart Lane for the second time in 10 days but failed to take revenge on Spurs for their Worthington Cup defeat. Gary Neville was sent off and United ultimately finished a bad-tempered game with seven bookings. The Reds may have led for an hour after two early goals from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but Spurs fought back with two late Sol Campbell headers to deny United the away win. Despite the squandered opportunity, the point gained was enough to send the Reds top for the first time that season.
A midweek game with Chelsea followed, and another late equaliser again prevented a United victory; Gianfranco Zola’s deft chip over Peter Schmeichel cancelling out Andy Cole’s 45th-minute strike.
Click the pic above to see a gallery of images from these matches:
Aston Villa 1-1 United (05/12/98)
Tottenham 2-2 United (12/12/98)
United 1-1 Chelsea (16/12/98)
United 2-3 Middlesbrough (19/12/98)
United 3-0 Nottingham Forest (26/12/98)
Chelsea 0-0 United (29/12/98)
UEFA Champions League
United 1-1 Bayern Munich (09/12/98)
Tottenham 3-1 United (02/12/98)