The Ones That We Missed Out On!

Sir Alex Ferguson has spent 25 years as the manager of Manchester United and he has won the Premier League 12 times, FA Cup 5 times, League Cup 4 times, the Champions League twice, 10 Community/Charity Shields and one each of the now defunct Cup Winners’ Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA World Club Cup and UEFA Super Cup. In his time, he has build and rebuilt at least 4 teams that have contributed in a large part to the trophies he has won and the legacy he has built at Old Trafford. The biggest and the highlight of all his achievements would undoubtedly be the Treble of 1999. Hours away from our big FA Cup tie against our neighbours and current Premier League leaders, Manchester City, let’s look back to understand how special the Treble triumph was. What better way to do that then by assessing the trophies that we missed out on, on a couple of occasions as one of Sir Alex’s great teams went close to winning the Treble before and after 1999.

When David James’ error awarded United the title

On 19 April 1997, Sir Alex team traveled to Liverpool and a victory would give United the title on Merseyside before four weeks from the end. United were on top with 66 points with a game in hand while Liverpool had 64 points from 34 games. So for Liverpool it was a must-win game to keep their hope alive. Man United started with Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Johnsen, Pallister, Phill Neville, Beckham, Scholes, Keane, Butt, Cole and The King Eric Cantona.