Roy Keane scores against Juventus.

United's top five Treble midfield moments

Thursday 14 March 2019 09:09

Following the news that former Manchester United midfielders David Beckham, Jesper Blomqvist, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes will take part in the Treble Reunion match in May, we take a look back at the top five midfield moments from the most famous season in the club's history.

Three of the four started the legendary Champions League final win against Bayern Munich in 1999, with only Scholes missing out due to the suspension he picked up in the epic semi-final second leg win against Juventus.

Paul was, however, the midfield's leading goalscorer during 1998/99, and netted the final goal in the Reds' FA Cup final victory against Newcastle.
Each of the quartet contributed hugely to United's historic campaign, but which of their best moments made it into our top five? Read on to find out, and then download the Official Manchester United App to see the full top 10...
Beckham opened the scoring in the semi-final replay against Arsenal.
Becks rarely went under the radar during this most celebrated of seasons, having drawn the English public's ire for his sending off in the World Cup that preceded the campaign. But his best individual moment during the Treble season is arguably underrated, simply because it arrived in the same match as Ryan Giggs' more acclaimed effort. The season was perilously close to running out of steam prior to the FA Cup semi-final replay against double-winners Arsenal, but Beckham gave a much-rotated United line-up a dream start in what would develop into one of the greatest football matches ever played on these isles. In the 17th minute, he linked up with Teddy Sheringham around 25 yards out, and unfurled a precise whipped shot into David Seaman's bottom right-hand corner. Sublime.
Scholesy doubles our cup final lead against Newcastle.
Having agonisingly been denied the chance to play in the forthcoming Champions League final, the Ginger Prince was assured of a place in the FA Cup final at Wembley, and was clearly determined to make an impact. Not content with assisting Teddy Sheringham's early opener against Newcastle, our no.18 drilled home the second goal with his lesser-favoured left peg in the second half to clinch the second trophy of the season.
Beckham takes us to within one goal of the title against Spurs.
United prepared for the final matchday of the 1998/99 Premier League campaign knowing they had to beat Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford to reclaim the title from Arsenal. When Les Ferdinand lobbed Peter Schmeichel early in the match, Old Trafford was a hive of nervous tension. With half-time fast approaching, enter David Beckham. Teed up by Paul Scholes on the right side of the penalty area, Beckham thundered a drive through the hands of Spurs goalkeeper Ian Walker that crashed in off the far post. It was a vital intervention, relaxing the team ahead of a decisive second period that would bring Andy Cole's championship-clinching finish.
Watch captain Keane pull a goal back against Juventus in Turin.
Two down inside 11 minutes at the Stadio Delle Alpi, and trailing 3-1 on aggregate, United needed 'a minor miracle' to reach the club's first European Cup/Champions League final since 1968. But thanks to our incredible spirit and resilience, Ferguson's men had completely turned the tie on its head before half-time. Fittingly, the comeback was kickstarted by Roy Keane, who rose high to flick David Beckham's corner home midway through the first 45, delivering a crucial goal when the team most needed one. 'Roy Keane with a captain's goal for Manchester United', enthused ITV comentator Clive Tyldesley. Enough said.
Giggs weaves through the Arsenal defence and scores one of the great goals.
Voted the greatest goal of the preceding 50 years by Match of the Day viewers in 2015, the Welshman's staggering solo effort would have been fit to win any game. That it did, in reality, win one of the greatest matches of all time, in extra-time, with United down to 10 men and flagging under the weight of our epic Treble odyssey, only added to the incredible value of this magic moment. Giggsy's masterpiece breathed new life into the team just when it was most needed, and is a contender for the most influential goal in the whole Treble season.