13/01/2009 10:34, Report by Jamie Renton
This month in 1998/99
The Treble wasn't built in a day... almost a year of hard work went into the Reds' epic achievement. This month we look back at January 1999, a storming month when 16 goals and 5 straight wins stamped the Reds' authority on the League and FA Cup…
Fifty-three minutes into the third round tie with Middlesbrough and United looked set to continue their alarming December form of just one win in eight matches.
Andy Townsend's strike threatened to steal a second Old Trafford win for Boro in two weeks. But after failing to claw back the deficit in a 3-2 league defeat before Christmas, United weren’t going to let lightning strike twice.
Andy Cole lashed a shot home from the left to draw the Reds level, before Denis Irwin converted a penalty with eight minutes to spare after Neil Maddison was adjudged to have fouled Nicky Butt. Sir Alex Ferguson admitted it was the softest of penalties, but Ryan Giggs ensured a 3-1 victory by driving the ball past Mark Schwarzer after a sweet one-two with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.