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

Is this the greatest achievement in modern football history?

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It's hard to believe that it has now been twenty years since Manchester United succeeded in doing the unthinkable, taking home the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League trophies in a singular season.

hey succumbed to defeat just five times in sixty four matches (with two of these preventing them from adding the Charity Shield and League Cup to their collection). Alex Ferguson was knighted in the aftermath and the season remains the most successful in the history of both the club and English football in general.

Looking back, it's amazing to see how much the sport of football has changed in the last two decades. During the last full season of the 20th century it wasn't uncommon to see teams field sides of mostly British players and the £50 million transfer fee that now seems to be the going rate for one player could've bought a whole squad of superstars - indeed the combined less-than-£30m fee that United paid to secure the services of world-class Dutch defender Jaap Stam, proven goalscorer Dwight Yorke and wildcard Swedish winger Jesper Blomqvist was considered astronomical.

As we proceed further into the 20th anniversary of that fateful season, let's explore some of the moments and stories that made it so special.


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