1999. Leeds’ win over Arsenal in the penultimate game of the season put the title in United’s hands, but the Reds’ epic FA Cup semi-final victory over the Gunners ultimately gave Sir Alex’s men the psychological edge.
Party time: 16 May 1999. Les Ferdinand temporarily threatened to spoil the title party but United were never going to be beaten. Beckham and substitute Andy Cole made sure of that as the Treble Part 1 was wrapped up.
Sir Alex said: “I have a group of players who never cease to surprise me and I’m convinced they are capable of virtually anything. The final weeks of this season will remain with me until the day I die.”
Glory story: There was no Treble hangover for the Reds who, inspired by Captain Keano, cantered to title glory winning by a record 18-point margin.
Top gun: Dwight Yorke, 20 league goals
Turning point: 20 February 2000. The Reds trailed Leeds by four points at the turn of the year but Andy Cole’s predatory opportunism ensured the Reds left Elland Road with a vital win over their rivals.
Party time: 22 April 2000. Beckham, a Francis Benali o.g and Solskjaer ensured an early end-of-season party at The Dell as a 3-1 win over Southampton confirmed United as top dogs once more.
Sir Alex said: “Some people suggested it could have been difficult to motivate the lads after the Treble. It could, but it hasn’t. They are as keen to succeed today as they have ever been.”
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