Relive United's record away run in 1998 and '99

Wednesday 20 January 2021 22:34

Goals from Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba at Fulham ensured Manchester United equalled our record unbeaten away run in the Premier League.

The 2-1 comeback victory at Craven Cottage was our 17th top flight away match without defeat, meaning we have now drawn level with Sir Alex Ferguson's Treble-winning vintage, who didn't lose on the road between December 1998 and September 1999.

In some ways, the current side's run is even more impressive, as it contains more wins (13, compared to nine) and we will have the chance to set a new landmark when we travel back to the capital to take on Arsenal next weekend.

So how did the sequence look for a side that did the unprecedented Treble? We take a closer look...

Watch highlights of the 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur.

5 Dec 1998: Aston Villa (A) 1-1 
It started with the happiest of hunting grounds in Villa Park as Paul Scholes opened the scoring in the 47th minute. However, Julian Joachim replied, eight minutes later, to earn a point for the Midlanders.

12 Dec 98: Tottenham (A) 2-2
Current boss Solskjaer struck both goals early on but Gary Neville's red card, before half-time, left United up against it. Sol Campbell not only pulled one back but then snatched a dramatic injury-time equaliser.

29 Dec 98: Chelsea (A) 0-0
A third successive draw on the road was ground out in the final outing of the year. Andy Cole had the best chance for United and Peter Schmeichel's save to thwart home favourite Gianfranco Zola was required to preserve a valuable point.

16 Jan 1999: Leicester (A) 6-2
A win and a resounding one at that! Jaap Stam scored his only goal for the club but it was front pairing Dwight Yorke and Cole who tore the Foxes' defence apart. Yorke helped himself to a hat-trick as Cole grabbed a brace, with Theo Zagorakis and Steve Walsh netting for Leicester in a cracking match.

31 Jan 1999: Charlton (A) 1-0
The sort of victories that are the hallmark of title-winning sides. A minute from the end of a tense stalemate, Yorke rose to get his head to Paul Scholes's lofted cross to the far post and the ball went in off the woodwork.

6 Feb 1999: Nottingham Forest (A) 8-1
A record away win in the Premier League against former boss Ron Atkinson's Forest and a memorable contribution from Ole, who came off the bench to score four times in the final 10 minutes. Yorke, Cole and Forest's Alan Rogers had all netted within seven minutes, with United's strike duo doubling their individual tallies in the second half during a one-sided affair.

See how Cole and Yorke destroyed Leicester in early 1999.

20 Feb 1999: Coventry (A) 1-0
With 11 minutes to go at Highfield Road, Ryan Giggs hit the winner and this game was unique as the only league fixture when United's XI read Schmeichel, G.Neville, Stam, Johnsen, Irwin; Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Giggs; Yorke, Cole, even though many fans might think that was a common line-up during the successful era.

13 Mar 1999: Newcastle (A) 2-1
Cole did the damage against the club he left to join the Reds for a British record fee, scoring in each half to overturn a free-kick opener by Nobby Solano. They were goals 20 and 21 of the season for the deadly marksman and the winner came from a trademark cross by David Beckham.

3 Apr 1999: Wimbledon (A) 1-1
Beckham found the net just before half-time to cancel out Jason Euell's early effort. Not his most famous goal away to the Dons but a valuable one nonetheless, following a lovely nutmeg by Denis Irwin inside the home side's box.

25 Apr 1999: Leeds (A) 1-1
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink drew first blood for the Yorkshiremen as they looked to put a spanner in the works for their arch-rivals. Thankfully, Cole popped up with a second-half leveller, stabbing home from close range, and Yorke spurned a great chance to win it after a one-two with Teddy Sheringham.

Recap how Andy Cole accounted for his former club Newcastle United.

5 May 1999: Liverpool (A) 2-2
Things were getting extremely tense in the title bid and Anfield is never the easiest place to visit. Yorke's header and an Irwin penalty put United firmly in the driving seat. However, Jamie Redknapp converted a dubious penalty after Jesper Blomqvist was penalised for fouling Oyvind Leonhardsen and Irwin was harshly sent off for a second yellow card on 76 minutes. The stage was set for ex-Red Paul Ince to snatch a late equaliser, described as the time as a "devastating blow" to our championship hopes.

9 May 1999: Middlesbrough (A) 1-0
Another one-goal win which did the trick, with Yorke the match-winner thanks to a header on the stroke of half-time. It took United top but Sheringham was required to make a vital late clearance to keep Boro at bay.

12 May 1999: Blackburn (A) 0-0
A result that sent Brian Kidd's men down but left the Reds needing to beat Spurs in the final fixture to clinch another Premier League trophy. Giggs hit the woodwork but there was some relief when Ashley Ward wasted a good chance for relegated Rovers.

Relive some of the tension of the crucial 1-0 victory at Middlesbrough.

8 August 1999: Everton (A) 1-1
A new season, as Treble winners, but only a share of the spoils on Merseyside. Yorke netted in the seventh minute but an own-goal by Stam towards the end, heading past Mark Bosnich, undid the good work. Solskjaer could have won it for the Reds.

22 August 1999: Arsenal (A) 2-1
A wonderful win at Highbury against our big rivals from the capital and famous for a titanic tussle between Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira. Our skipper came out on top, scoring both goals, after Freddie Ljungberg put the Gunners ahead in the first half.

25 August 1999: Coventry (A) 2-1
The second win against the Sky Blues in the run came courtesy of efforts from Scholes and Yorke. John Aloisi bagged a consolation with 10 minutes left but Sir Alex Ferguson's men marched on.

11 September 1999: Liverpool (A) 3-2
This time we completed the job at Anfield, albeit with some help from Jamie Carragher, who twice put through his own net. Cole was also on the mark, with Sami Hyypia and Patrik Berger replying for our rivals. Cole was sent off with 20 minutes left but United held on. 

All good things must come to an end. The unbeaten run ended with a 5-0 loss at Chelsea in early October!