15 years ago, bloody hell


May 26, 1999. The greatest night of European football bar none; perhaps Manchester United’s finest. The third leg of United’s unprecedented treble, on an occasion none who bore witness will forget. And 15 years on the memories of United’s dramatic late victory in Camp Nou remain fresh.

Competition: win a copy of The Promised Land

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 1999

Daniel Harris’ excellent new book The Promised Land: Manchester United’s Historic Treble follows the Reds on a journey through a wonderful season. Combining match reports, insider anecdotes and a supporters’ perspective, Harris awakens not only memories of the campaign’s most dramatic moments, but those long forgotten almost 15 years hence. Premier League victory, an FA Cup final […]

Ferguson trusts in squad as fans dare to dream

“Success is the result of what sociologists like to call ‘accumulative advantage’,” argued Malcolm Gladwell in the peerless Outliers. “Those who are successful are most likely to be given the kinds of opportunities that lead to further success.” It is a viewpoint with which Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson might agree. After 26 years […]

Poll: can United win another treble this season?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 1999

With Manchester United top of the Premier League, through to the knock-out stage in Europe and into the FA Cup Fourth Round, Sir Alex Ferguson believes his side could seal trio of trophies this season. Mirroring the 1999 ‘treble’, says Ferguson, is possible due to the depth of resources now available at Old Trafford. “We […]

Remembering 1999

David May

United’s record against German giants Bayern Munich reads seven competitive matches played and one victory. But what a match that was. United’s 2-1 win in Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium 11 years ago still ranks among the greatest highlights in the history of the club. Tonight’s fixture cannot compete but this should put you in the […]