1. The Treble winner’s of 1999.
Manchester United’s incredible will to win under Sir Alex Ferguson was never more prevalent than in 1999, when this once in a lifetime side captured every major honor in football, with thrilling entertainment almost guaranteed every time the team set foot on the pitch.
The holy grail of Premiership, FA Cup, and European Cup were all in the Red Devils sights as the season’s climax built to a deafening crescendo, with manager Alex Ferguson having to rely on the vast depth of a hugely talented squad if mission impossible would become a stark reality.
No trophy came easy for this cavalier and supremely talented side as each and every match would go down to the nerve jangling wire, with both the FA Cup and Premiership finales shredding the nerves of supporters across the country.
David Beckham and Andy Cole would be the saviors of Manchester on the final day of the Premiership season, with the crucial goals in 2-1 comeback win against a tricky Tottenham Hotspur team, handing them the league title in phase one of the operation.
Meanwhile in the FA Cup it was Ryan Giggs iconic wonder strike against a ridiculously talented Arsenal side that had pushed them through to the final. One that they would win comfortably by brushing aside a comparatively weak Newcastle United 2-0.
The league and Cup double now safely under lock and key, the historic treble loomed on the horizon, a feat never accomplished by any other team in English football history.
A Balmy summer night in Barcelona’s Nou Camp would be the setting for the most memorable comeback ever in the game, in terms of both emotion and magnitude.
All seemed to be lost on the night as United entered injury time trailing 1-0 to a Bayern Munich side that had dominated the vast majority of the match with a host of United’s star performers never seeming to escape first gear. In one final throw of the dice Sir Alex threw on Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in an attempt to somehow halt the seemingly inevitable outcome of a Bayern victory.
The miracle duly arrived with one minute to spare, Teddy Sheringham scrambling home a precious equaliser that never looked possible. With that the stadium and the fans at home could breathe again as extra time would now give the club another thirty minutes to reinvent their approach to the game.
The team itself had other ideas however, and with the final kick of an emotionally exhausting game Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stabbed home the winner in the dying embers of normal time.
Bayern Munich’s players were visibly distraught as the game ended moments later, whilst Manchester United and its fans were thrown into the arms of ecstasy as history had been made and destiny was fulfilled.
Both Solskjaer and Sheringham had saved the skin of the club in a moment that epitomized and perfectly summed up this incredible season under a manager that never knew the word quit. In doing so the team’s name and reputation still sits on a lofty pedestal to this day as the only club to have ever accomplished this milestone, it had never happened previously and has never been replicated since.
For that reason this moment sits alone as the greatest in my lifetime, and without doubt it is worthy of such glowing recognition.
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