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1998–99 season
Chairman Martin Edwards
Manager Alex Ferguson
FA Premier League 1st
FA Cup Winners
League Cup Quarter-finals
Charity Shield Runners-up
UEFA Champions League Winners
Top goalscorer League:

Dwight Yorke (18)
All: Dwight Yorke (29)

Highest home attendance 55,316 vs Southampton (27 February 1999)
Lowest home attendance 37,337 vs Nottingham Forest (11 November 1998)
Average home attendance 54,056

The 1998–99 season was the most successful in the history of Manchester United Football Club. After finishing the previous season without winning any titles, United won a treble of trophies (the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League), the first side in English football to achieve such a feat. During the campaign United lost only five times, including a one-off Charity Shield fixture, in the League Cup against eventual winners Tottenham Hotspur and their only home defeat, a league match against Middlesbrough in December 1998. A run of 33 games unbeaten in all competitions began on 26 December at home to Nottingham Forest.

Veteran players Brian McClair and Gary Pallister, along with a host of younger and less experienced players such as goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington and striker Graeme Tomlinson, had left the club before the season began. The big news of the pre-season was the arrival of Dutch defender Jaap Stam for a club record fee of £10.75 million. Other additions included striker Dwight Yorke and Swedish winger Jesper Blomqvist. Goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel announced his intention to leave the club after eight years at Old Trafford, joining Sporting Clube de Portugal at the end of the season.

The team's never-say-die attitude, instilled in previous seasons, was key to their success as the players often thrived in difficult situations. The highlight was United's dramatic comeback in the Champions League final, when Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær each scored in injury time to overturn Bayern Munich's first-half lead. David Beckham was runner up to Rivaldo for 1999's European Footballer of the Year and FIFA World Player of the Year awards.

Fans and writers regard the treble haul as manager Alex Ferguson's finest hour, although he dismissed that assertion in later years.[9] Tens of thousands of fans lined the streets of Manchester to welcome the team as the season drew to a close. In recognition of his achievements Ferguson was awarded a knighthood, and handed the Freedom of the City of Glasgow in November 1999.

By the end of the season Manchester United had become the world’s richest football club, and the most valuable sporting brand worldwide. The club was also at the centre of a takeover bid by BSkyB, which was blocked by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission in March 1999.


In

Date Pos. Name From Fee
1 July 1998 DF Jaap Stam PSV Eindhoven £10.75m
8 July 1998 GK Russell Best Notts County Free
21 July 1998 MF Jesper Blomqvist Parma £4.4m
3 August 1998 DF John O'Shea Waterford Bohemians Undisclosed
28 August 1998 FW Dwight Yorke Aston Villa £12.6m
17 February 1999 MF Bojan Djordjic Brommapojkarna Undisclosed


Out

Date Pos. Name To Fee
3 July 1998 MF Ben Thornley Huddersfield Town £175k
4 July 1998 MF Leon Mills Wigan Athletic Undisclosed
4 July 1998 GK Adam Sadler Unattached Free
17 July 1998 DF Gary Pallister Middlesbrough Undisclosed]
8 October 1998 GK Russell Best Unattached Free
4 November 1998 DF Chris Casper Reading £300k
24 March 1999 FW Michael Ryan Wrexham Undisclosed
25 March 1999 GK Paul Gibson Notts County Undisclosed
25 March 1999 MF Philip Mulryne Norwich City £500k
16 April 1999 MF Terry Cooke Manchester City £1m
30 June 1999 DF Gerard Gaff Released
30 June 1999 FW Jason Hickson Released
30 June 1999 GK Peter Schmeichel Sporting CP Free
30 June 1999 MF John Thorrington Bayer Leverkusen Undisclosed
30 June 1999 MF Lee Whiteley Salford City Undisclosed


Premier League

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance League
position
15 August 1998 Leicester City H 2–2 Sheringham 79', Beckham 90' 55,052 7th
22 August 1998 West Ham United A 0–0 26,039 11th
9 September 1998 Charlton Athletic H 4–1 Solskjær (2) 39', 63', Yorke 45', 48' 55,147 9th
12 September 1998 Coventry City H 2–0 Yorke 20', Johnsen 48' 55,193 5th
20 September 1998 Arsenal A 0–3 38,142 10th
24 September 1998 Liverpool H 2–0 Irwin 19' (pen.), Scholes 80' 55,181 5th
3 October 1998 Southampton A 3–0 Yorke 12', Cole 60', Cruyff 75' 15,251 2nd
17 October 1998 Wimbledon H 5–1 Cole (2) 19', 88', Giggs 45', Beckham 47', Yorke 52' 55,265 2nd
24 October 1998 Derby County A 1–1 Cruyff 86' 30,867 2nd
31 October 1998 Everton A 4–1 Yorke 14', Short 23' (o.g.), Cole 59', Blomqvist 64' 40,079 2nd
8 November 1998 Newcastle United H 0–0 55,174 3rd
14 November 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 3–2 Scholes (2) 31', 59', Yorke 43' 55,198 2nd
21 November 1998 Sheffield Wednesday A 1–3 Cole 29' 39,475 2nd
29 November 1998 Leeds United H 3–2 Solskjær 45', Keane 46', Butt 78' 55,172 2nd
5 December 1998 Aston Villa A 1–1 Scholes 47' 39,241 2nd
12 December 1998 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–2 Solskjær (2) 11', 18' 36,079 1st
16 December 1998 Chelsea H 1–1 Cole 45' 55,159 2nd
19 December 1998 Middlesbrough H 2–3 Butt 62', Scholes 70' 55,152 3rd
26 December 1998 Nottingham Forest H 3–0 Johnsen (2) 28', 60', Giggs 62' 55,216 4th
29 December 1998 Chelsea A 0–0 34,741 4th
10 January 1999 West Ham United H 4–1 Yorke 10', Cole (2) 40', 68', Solskjær 81' 55,180 3rd
16 January 1999 Leicester City A 6–2 Yorke (3) 10', 64', 86', Cole (2) 50', 62', Stam 90' 22,091 3rd
31 January 1999 Charlton Athletic A 1–0 Yorke 89' 20,043 1st
3 February 1999 Derby County H 1–0 Yorke 65' 55,174 1st
6 February 1999 Nottingham Forest A 8–1 Yorke (2) 2', 67', Cole (2) 7', 50', Solskjær (4) 80', 88', 90', 90' 30,025 1st
17 February 1999 Arsenal H 1–1 Cole 61' 55,171 1st
20 February 1999 Coventry City A 1–0 Giggs 79' 22,596 1st
27 February 1999 Southampton H 2–1 Keane 80', Yorke 84' 55,316 1st
13 March 1999 Newcastle United A 2–1 Cole 25', 51' 36,776 1st
21 March 1999 Everton H 3–1 Solskjær 55', G. Neville 64', Beckham 67' 55,182 1st
3 April 1999 Wimbledon A 1–1 Beckham 44' 26,121 1st
17 April 1999 Sheffield Wednesday H 3–0 Solskjær 34', Sheringham 45', Scholes 62' 55,270 1st
25 April 1999 Leeds United A 1–1 Cole 55' 40,255 2nd
1 May 1999 Aston Villa H 2–1 Watson 20' (o.g.), Beckham 47' 55,189 2nd
5 May 1999 Liverpool A 2–2 Yorke 22', Irwin 57' (pen.) 44,702 2nd
9 May 1999 Middlesbrough A 1–0 Yorke 45' 34,665 1st
12 May 1999 Blackburn Rovers A 0–0 30,436 1st
16 May 1999 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–1 Beckham 43', Cole 48' 55,189 1st


FA Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
3 January 1999 Round 3 Middlesbrough H 3–1 Cole 68', Irwin 82' (pen.), Giggs 90' 52,232
24 January 1999 Round 4 Liverpool H 2–1 Yorke 88', Solskjær 90' 54,591
14 February 1999 Round 5 Fulham H 1–0 Cole 26' 54,798
7 March 1999 Round 6 Chelsea H 0–0 54,587
10 March 1999 Round 6 replay Chelsea A 2–0 Yorke (2) 4', 59' 33,075
11 April 1999 Semi-final Arsenal N 0–0 39,217
14 April 1999 Semi-final replay Arsenal N 2–1 (a.e.t.) Beckham 17', Giggs 109' 30,223
22 May 1999 Final Newcastle United N 2–0 Sheringham 11', Scholes 52' 79,101


League Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
28 October 1998 Round 3 Bury H 2–0
(a.e.t.)
Solskjær 106', Nevland 115' 52,495
11 November 1998 Round 4 Nottingham Forest H 2–1 Solskjær (2) 57', 60' 37,337
2 December 1998 Round 5 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–3 Sheringham 70' 35,702


UEFA Champions League

Qualifying Road

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
12 August 1998 Second qualifying round
First leg
ŁKS Łódź H 2–0 Giggs 16', Cole 81' 50,906
26 August 1998

Second qualifying round
leg

ŁKS Łódź A 0–0 8,000

Group Stage

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance Group

position

16 September 1998 Barcelona H 3–3 Giggs 17', Scholes 25', Beckham 64' 53,601 3rd
30 September 1998 Bayern Munich A 2–2 Yorke 30', Scholes 49' 53,000 3rd
21 October 1998 Brøndby A 6–2 Giggs (2) 2', 21', Cole 28', Keane 55', Yorke 60', Solskjær 62' 40,315 1st
4 November 1998 Brøndby H 5–0 Beckham 7', Cole 13', P. Neville 16', Yorke 28', Scholes 62' 53,250 1st
25 November 1998 Barcelona A 3–3 Yorke (2) 25', 68', Cole 53' 67,648 2nd
9 December 1998 Bayern Munich H 1–1 Keane 43' 54,434 2nd

Knockout Stage

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
3 March 1999 Quarter-final
First leg
Internazionale H 2–0 Yorke (2) 6', 45' 54,430
17 March 1999 Quarter-final
Second leg
Internazionale A 1–1 Scholes 88' 79,528
7 April 1999 Semi-final
First leg
Juventus H 1–1 Giggs 90+2' 54,487
21 April 1999 Semi-final
Second leg
Juventus A 3–2 Keane 24', Yorke 34', Cole 84' 60,806
26 May 1999 Final Bayern Munich N 2–1 Sheringham 90+1', Solskjær 90+3' 91,000


Squad statistics

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK [1] Peter Schmeichel 34 0 8 0 0 0 13 0 1 0 56 0
2 DF [2] Gary Neville 34 1 7 0 0 0 12 0 1 0 54 1
3 DF [3] Denis Irwin 26(3) 2 6 1 0 0 12 0 1 0 45(3) 3
4 DF [4] David May 4(2) 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7(2) 0
5 DF [5] Ronny Johnsen 19(3) 3 3(2) 0 1 0 6(2) 0 1 0 30(7) 3
6 DF [6] Jaap Stam 30 1 6(1) 0 0 0 13 0 1 0 50(1) 1
7 MF [7] David Beckham 33(1) 6 7 1 0(1) 0 12 2 1 0 53(2) 9
8 MF [8] Nicky Butt 22(9) 2 5 0 2 0 4(4) 0 1 0 34(13) 2
9 FW [9] Andy Cole 26(6) 17 6(1) 2 0 0 10 5 1 0 43(7) 24
10 FW [10] Teddy Sheringham 7(10) 2 1(3) 1 1 1 2(2) 1 0(1) 0 11(16) 5
11 MF [11] Ryan Giggs 20(4) 3 5(1) 2 1 0 9 5 1 0 36(5) 10
12 DF [12] Phil Neville 19(9) 0 4(3) 0 2 0 4(2) 1 0(1) 0 29(15) 1
13 DF [13] John Curtis 1(3) 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 4(3) 0
14 MF [14] Jordi Cruyff 0(5) 2 0 0 2 0 0(3) 0 0(1) 0 2(9) 2
15 MF [15] Jesper Blomqvist 20(5) 1 3(2) 0 0(1) 0 6(1) 0 0 0 29(9) 1
16 MF [16] Roy Keane (c) 33(2) 2 7 0 0 0 12 3 1 0 53(2) 5
17 GK [17] Raimond van der Gouw 4(1) 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 7(1) 0
18 MF [18] Paul Scholes 24(7) 6 3(3) 1 0(1) 0 10(2) 4 1 0 38(13) 11
19 FW [19] Dwight Yorke 32 18 5(3) 3 0 0 11 8 0 0 48(3) 29
20 FW [20] Ole Gunnar Solskjær 9(10) 12 4(4) 1 3 3 1(5) 2 0(1) 0 17(20) 18
21 DF [21] Henning Berg 10(6) 0 5 0 3 0 3(1) 0 0(1) 0 21(8) 0
22 FW [22] Erik Nevland 0 0 0 0 0(1) 1 0 0 0 0 0(1) 1
23 DF [23] Michael Clegg 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
24 DF [24] Wes Brown 11(3) 0 2 0 0(1) 0 3(1) 0 0 0 16(5) 0
28 MF [25] Philip Mulryne 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
29 FW [26] Alex Notman 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0
30 DF [27] Ronnie Wallwork 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0
31 GK [28] Nick Culkin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 MF [29] Mark Wilson 0 0 0 0 2 0 0(1) 0 0 0 2(1) 0
34 MF [30] Jonathan Greening 0(3) 0 0(1) 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3(4) 0
38 DF [31] Danny Higginbotham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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