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...
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 where, a fortnight later, the sides played out a 1-1 draw to ensure United’s safe passage to the semi-finals.