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12/03/2009 12:16, Report by Nick Coppack
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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. Here we look back at March 1999, a month that saw the Reds edge past Internazionale and Chelsea in knockout competitions while maintaining pace in the league...

Champions League
A year earlier, United had come unstuck at the quarter-final stage at the hands of French champions Monaco. This time, despite even tougher opposition (and a pre-match media frenzy surrounding David Beckham and Diego Simeone), Sir Alex’s men were determined not to suffer the same fate.

The Reds beat Inter 2-0 at OT in the first leg, with Beckham and Dwight Yorke doing all the damage. After shaving the bar with a free-kick, Beckham crossed for Yorke on six minutes to head United into the lead with a brilliant diving header. The pair combined again on the stroke of half-time, Beckham whipping in a first-time ball that Yorke again nodded home.

It wasn’t all one-way traffic: Simeone had a goal disallowed after the break, while Peter Schmeichel made fine saves from Ivan Zamorano, Nicola Ventola and Francesco Colonnese.

But the Reds hung on to take a valuable two-goal lead to the San Siro

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March 1999

Click the pic above to see a gallery of images from these games:

Champions League
United 2-0 Internazionale (03/03/99)
Internazionale 1-1 United (17/03/99)

FA Cup
United 0-0 Chelsea (07/03/99)
Chelsea 0-2 United (10/03/99)

Premier League
Newcastle 1-2 United (13/03/99)
United 3-1 Everton (21/03/99)

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