20 Years Later: Why Man United's Treble-Winning Season Will Never Be Bettered

9. Ferguson vs. Wenger

The 97/98 season was a tough watch for Manchester United fans. Having seen their team secure the Premier League title for the fourth time in the league's five year existence, expectations were at their usual high.

The shocking retirement of Eric Cantona was the first of many woes, as Arsenal won ten matches in a row to clinch their first championship, adding the FA Cup trophy to their collection shortly afterwards to become Double winners. This was an accomplishment that had only been achieved seven times in history at that point (twice by United and once by the Gunners).

One-sided 3-0 defeats to Arsene Wenger's side in the Charity Shield and an early league fixture in September seemed to indicate that another season of unrivalled Arsenal dominance was on the horizon. That wasn’t the case, but the pair were neck and neck for the entirety of the season, with United ultimately beating their rivals to the title by just a single point.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are undoubtedly the two greatest managers to ever graced the Premier League and to fans of a certain age, the rivalry with Arsenal remains the club's fiercest as a result of their legendary duels throughout the years.

These were arguably never better than in this season, where the two squared off on five separate occasions - the two aforementioned defeats, a nervy draw in their second league encounter and the FA Cup semi-final that warranted a replay.


Alex was about to write a short biography, but he got distracted by something shiny instead.